Tributes pour in as former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins dies at 41 after lengthy battle with sickness

Matthew J Watkins, the previous Wales centre, has died on the age of 41 following an extended battle with sickness.

The ex-rugby union star retired in 2011 earlier than being identified with a uncommon type of pelvic most cancers in 2013.

Watkins gained 18 caps for Wales
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And following a seven-year combat, the husband and father of two handed away on Saturday.

Watkins made 18 appearances for Wales between 2003 and 2006, the final of which got here on tour to Argentina.

He spent most of his time fundraising for varied most cancers charities when his taking part in profession ended.

Tributes have come pouring in from his former groups, amongst them Dragons, Scarlets, and Gloucester.

A Dragons assertion learn: “Everybody at Dragons Rugby is deeply saddened on the passing of our former participant Matthew J Watkins.

“Matthew shall be missed by so many and our honest condolences exit to Matthew’s spouse Stacey, his sons Siôr and Tal, household and pals.

“The ideas of everybody at Dragons Rugby are with all of them at this very unhappy time.”

Scarlets echoed these sentiments, and stated: “”He’s fondly remembered as a silky-skilled, artistic midfielder, who was a vastly standard determine amongst our supporters, the taking part in squad and employees at Stradey.”

In the meantime, Gloucester tweeted: “Everyone at Gloucester Rugby are saddened to listen to the information that our former participant, Matthew J Watkins, has handed away on the age of 41. A person who battled so bravely and admirably.

“Our heartfelt sympathies exit to Matthew’s household and pals.

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