Crickhowell-born Mark Roberts’ Rugby career began with a host of plaudits, comprising his 1980-83 involvement with the Welsh Secondary Schools U19s, Swansea University, Welsh Universities, Welsh Students, Welsh Academicals and Abertillery RFC (with which his father had previously played during the 1950s and 60s).
Mark’s Pontypridd RFC career spanned the 1983-85 seasons, where he played at hooker -making 36 appearances and scoring 2 tries – alongside some of the finest talent to have graced the Black and White shirt, including Jeremy Pugh, Marco Orsi, Gary Jones, Carl Groves and the mighty Bob Pemberthy amongst others.
Mark left Ponty to link up with Bath RFC (1985-86), before graduating and moving to London in late 1986. He maintained his links with his homeland by keeping a house in Crickhowell, and playing for Newport RFC from 1987-89 and Ebbw Vale RFC from 1989-90. Mark also graced the Breconshire Representative team numerous times during the ten years spanning 1980-90.
Furthermore, Mark made a number of appearances for Saracens and London Welsh during the 1986-87 season.
The Roberts family – Mark, his wife and children – live in Crickhowell. Mark travels all over the World from his weekday London base in his capacity as a Banking Sales Specialist with a multinational Investment Bank.
Mark Roberts: Hooker 36 appearances 1983-1985