Matthew Watkins is confirmed dead at the age of 41.
Matthew was best known as a Welsh rugby union player (Newport).
RT @BBCSportWales: 🏉 Former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has died at the age of 41 👉
RIP Matthew Watkins @TheTweetOfGod #TragicDeaths 💔💐 #MatthewWatkins add some flowers to their gravestone at
RT @dragonsrugby: Everyone at @dragonsrugby is deeply saddened at the passing of our former player Matthew J Watkins. MJ was a huge…
RT @JNPhillips4: Sad news today. Former Newport, Dragons & Scarlets centre Matthew J Watkins has sadly lost his battle with Cancer a…
Terribly sad news about Matthew J Watkins. Showed so much courage and dignity throughout his illness.
😢 Matthew J Watkins: Ex-Wales centre dies at the age of 41
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RT @BBCSport: Some sad news to bring you this morning. Former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has died at the age of 41. In ful…
Sad news -Former Welsh rugby international Matthew J Watkins passes away
RT @IrishSunOnline: Wales rugby star Matthew Watkins dies at 41 as Jonathan Davies mourns 'courageous' pal
Sad news -Former Welsh rugby international Matthew J Watkins passes away
Sad to hear, Matthew Watkins has passed away - #MatthewWatkins #Matthew #Watkins #rip
Former Wales international Watkins dies at 41 after cancer battle
RT @BBCSport: Some sad news to bring you this morning. 1236247843628871680,2020-03-07 11:10:28 +0000,RBiakpara,RT @onthewindybeach: RIP Matthew J Watkins. One of life's good men. 1236247819033423872,2020-03-07 11:10:23 +0000,CJGloucester,RT @gloucesterrugby: Everybody at Gloucester Rugby are saddened to hear the news that our former player
Really sad news from Welsh rugby world #RIPMJ Former Wales rugby star Matthew J Watkins dies at 41
Ex-Wales rugby star Matthew Watkins dies aged 41
RT @NewportRFC: We are all extremely saddened to learn of the passing of ex-B&A and Wales international, Matthew J Watkins. Matthe…
RT @JackoRugby: Wales players will wear black armbands today to mark the passing of Matthew Watkins @dragonsrugby @gloucesterrugby…
Matthew Watkins
Full nameMatthew Jason Watkins
Date of birth (1978-09-02) 2 September 1978 (age 41)
Place of birthNewport, Wales
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
SchoolOakdale Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Position(s)Centre
Youth career
Newbridge
Pontllanfraith
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1997–2002Newport121(175)
2002–2003Llanelli26(50)
2003–2008Llanelli Scarlets124(169)
2008–2009Gloucester22(10)
2009–2011Newport Gwent Dragons20(5)
2009–2011Newport10(0)
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2003–2006Wales18(0)
Matthew Jason Watkins (2 September 1978 - 7 March 2020) was a former Wales international rugby union footballer who played as a centre. He was commonly known by the name Matthew J. Watkins to avoid confusion with another Welsh rugby union player of the same name.
Born in Newport, Watkins began his rugby career with Newbridge and Pontllanfraith before going professional with Newport in 1997. After scoring 35 tries (175 points) in 121 appearances over five seasons with the club, Watkins was signed by Llanelli. He was then part of the team at the dawn of regional rugby in Wales in 2003 and was part of the original Llanelli Scarlets regional side.
By 2007, he had become only the third player to reach 100 appearances for the region, following lock Adam Jones and prop John Davies. Watkins signed for Gloucester at the end of the 2007–08 season, midway through a three-year contract with the Scarlets.
On 3 August 2009, it was confirmed that Watkins would return to Wales and to the place where his professional rugby career began, signing for Newport Gwent Dragons on a two-year contract. He was released at the end of the 2010-11 season and retired soon after.
On 20 May 2013, it was announced that Watkins had developed a very rare pelvic cancer while studying for rugby coaching qualifications, but described himself as remaining "well and active."
On March 7 2020 it was announced that Watkins had died at the age of 41.
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