Roberts quits RL

Amos Roberts
Amos Roberts

AMOS Roberts has played his last game for Wigan.

The Australian utility back last night announced his retirement from rugby league after failing to fully recover from a knee injury.

“On behalf of myself and my family, a big thanks to all the fans and staff,” he said on his Twitter account. “Much love and respect, we’ve enjoyed our time here.”

Ex-Sydney Roosters ace Roberts, whose four-year deal was to expire later this season, was in scorching form in early 2010 but suffered a knee injury on Easter Monday.

And though he has undergone several operations to try and revive his career, he has decided to call it quits and head home to Australia.

Roberts, who has figured for the Under-20s this season, last played for Warriors’ first-team against Castleford last summer.

Meanwhile, Iestyn Harris will face a former club in the Challenge Cup for the second time in succession after Wigan were yesterday drawn against Featherstone in the fifth round. The Warriors’ reward for cruising past Crusaders last Sunday was a trip to Post Office Road on the weekend of April 27-29.

Harris – Shaun Wane’s No.2 – finished his glittering playing career at Rovers before moving to Welsh outfit Crusaders.

Coach Wane said: “It’s a good draw for us. I played there as a player and it’s a tough place to go, the fans really get behind them. It will be full on.”

Championship outfit Featherstone produced the shock of the round when they beat Ian Millward’s Castleford 23-16 last Saturday.

“They’re a good side and they have a very good coach in Daryl Powell,” said Wane.

“We’re determined to defend the Cup and we will prepare for this match like any other Super League game.”

Wane was delighted with his side’s ruthlessness as they dispatched of Crusaders 98-4 last Sunday. “I enjoyed it, our skill level was good and we scored some good tries,” he added.

Warrington host Bradford and Leeds travel to Salford in the only two all-Super League fixtures. Leigh face Championship rivals Halifax.

The ties will be played over the weekend of April 27-29, with one on the BBC and one on Sky Sports. The winners of the fifth round matches progress to the quarter-finals.