TOUGH CHALLENGE AHEAD
Ex international rugby player Matthew J Watkins has, unfortunately, developed a very rare form of cancer of his right pelvis which requires treatment at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
He remains well and active and is supported by his friends and family.
He had a very successful career playing centre for Newport RFC, Scarlets, Gloucester and the Newport Gwent Dragons and won 19 caps for Wales.
Having retired from professional rugby in 2011, Matthew has maintained a passion for sport and is currently studying for his level 3 coaching qualification., and has been part of the Coaching set up here at Crosskeys for the past season.
Matthew said “Obviously it’s very disappointing news for me and my family but I’m keen to progress with my treatment and battle the illness with the same commitment as I gave to my rugby career.
“I would like to thank everyone who has offered their support and the fantastic support from the guy’s at Velindre Cardiff.
“I am determined to continue my everyday life with my family and friends and appreciate the privacy shown during this very difficult time.”
Everyone at the Keys, the Club Management, Club Coaches, Players, and supporters want to wish Matthew and his Family the very best wishes and will do all we can to support Matthew and the Family at this very difficult time.
Matthew J has requested that the media respect his privacy and that of his Family by accepting the above comments and making no further attempts to make contact at this time.