Roberts desperate to make amends for 2011 by winning World Cup with Wales in England

Roberts is desperate to make up for the disappointment of 2011.

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Jamie Roberts insists he is desperate to make amends for Wales' semi-final defeat against France in the 2011 World Cup by targeting glory in England next year.

Wales narrowly lost out 8-9 to the French in New Zealand despite playing with 14 men after captain Sam Warburton was sent off for a spike tackle early on.

The anguish of that loss, Roberts says, will always remain with him: "The regret of 2011 will live with me until the day I die. It was a huge opportunity missed."

"To get that chance to challenge New Zealand in the World Cup final on their home turf was amazing, then we blew it against France."

"We should have won that game, even with 14 men. It remains one of the greatest regrets of my career, but I just want to make amends now and I'd like to think that the memories of 2011 will spur us on - go that one step further and go and win it in England," Roberts told

Roberts was left gutted after losing to France in the semi-final.

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Roberts, now playing with Racing Metro in France, is desperate to represent Wales again on the grandest stage of them all.

"I can’t wait. The World Cup is where you ultimately test yourself as a rugby player. All eyes around the world are watching you and you have to deliver."

Wales are arguably in the toughest pool at the tournament alongside hosts England, Australia, Fiji and either Russia or Uruguay - who playoff for the remaining group spot over two legs.

Roberts admits it won't be easy to qualify and Wales have to get off to a quick start: "We are in a tough pool there is no mistaking that. We have to hit the ground running and we have to target a win for every game."

"The great thing about the World Cup is that you can rip up the form book going into it. It’s all about the 80 minutes there and then and we will prepare as well as we can."

The prospect of playing England in the Pool A game under the lights at Twickenham on the 26th September next year is one that Roberts is relishing - and he's eyeing an upset:

"It would be incredible to beat England. I've played and beaten them a few times in my career but a World Cup pool game at Twickenham? Doesn't get much bigger than that."

"As a Welshman, that rivalry between us and England will never go away - it’s not just about the players, coaches, fans - everybody across Wales will be willing us on."

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Leicester hooker Youngs out for three months with shoulder injury

Tom Youngs will miss England's 2014 autumn internationals.

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Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs will miss England's autumn internationals after being ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

Youngs was injured in Saturday's 45-0 defeat away at Bath in the Premiership.

The 27-year-old will miss England's games with New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Samoa in November.