Rugby community pays tribute to Matthew J Watkins

Matthew J Watkins

Tributes have flooded in for former Dragons, Gloucester and Scarlets player Matthew J Watkins, who passed away earlier this month after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 41.

Matthew J Watkins laid to rest

The funeral was held on Tuesday March 31 with only a small gathering of close family due to Coronavirus quarantine measures. The rest of the rugby world watched on via online streams as they bid farewell to a friend, colleague or relative.

Rugby personalities from across the country sent in their respects via social media for a man who was beloved by all.

The life of the former Wales centre was due to be celebrated ahead of Wales’ final home game against Scotland, but never took place due to the game being cancelled.

Amongst those who shared their memories and respects were former clubs, supporters and playing colleagues. Scott Quinnell, James Hook, Freddie Burns and Mike Phillips were among those sharing memories.

Llanelli Club pay tribute to ex-player

Mike Phillips and former teammates pay homage

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Matthew J Watkins
Matthew J Watkins was paid tribute to by the rugby community.

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