Rees to undergo more treatment; RUGBY UNION.
FORMER Wales captain Matthew Rees is to receive further medical
treatment, Cardiff Blues have announced. Rees' regional team the
Blues said last month the 32-year-old was to undergo testicular surgery and faced an enforced spell away from rugby. And that time will now be
extended as he commences treatment at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff. In a
statement, the Blues said: "Cardiff Blues have confirmed that club
captain Matthew Rees is to undergo further medical treatment that will
extend his time away from the game. "The region announced last
month that hooker Rees was to have an enforced spell away from rugby.
"Blues can now confirm that Rees will commence further treatment at
Velindre Hospital from next week as he targets a return to playing in
the future. "Matthew has asked the region to pass on his sincere
gratitude for the many messages he has received from well-wishers over
the last two weeks, and to thank the media for respecting his privacy at
this time. "The region will continue to support Matthew and his
family in every way possible and we look forward to his return to rugby
in the future." Rees, who has won 58 caps, made his Wales debut in
2005 and became a British and Irish Lions Test player on the 2009 South
Africa tour. He skippered Wales during the 2011 Six Nations
Championship, but missed the World Cup in New Zealand later that year
due to a neck injury.
Cardiff Blues' Matthew Rees