At the end of the 1986 Sydney season, Roberts began a short stint with English club Wigan.
In his first appearance for the Cherry and Whites on 1 October against St.
It turned out to be the turning point in the Rabbitohs' season, with Ashley Harrison taking the captaincy from him and the Rabbitohs winning most of their matches under him in a late season surge which saw them avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.
He later apologised for the event, saying: "I apologise unreservedly for comments that I made to Dean Widders in yesterday's game.
He was one of the stalwarts that helped Wigan through one of the most tumultuous times in the club's history on and off the field in 2006 with the dismissal of coach Ian Millward, the low morale within the team and seeing the once feared Wigan club sitting at the bottom of the table.
Thanks to Fletcher's impact in the Second-row and the Prop positions Wigan managed the seemingly impossible and survived relegation from the Super League, finishing 7th and just missing a playoff place to local rivals Warrington.
Ian Roberts (born 31 July 1965) is an Australian actor, model and former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, and 1990s.A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative forward, he played club football with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wigan Warriors, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys.In 1995 Roberts became the first high-profile Australian sports person and first rugby footballer in the world to come out to the public as gay.It also allows Fletcher, who is a qualified plumber, to utilise his trade in order to help with the business.In 2014, Bryan Fletcher joined Fox Sports "Monday Night with Matty Johns' forming a duo with fellow former NRL player Nathan Hindmarsh.
As a junior Roberts played for the Mascot Jets in the Souths juniors competition.