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Ex-Gloucester player Matthew J Watkins dies age 41.

Former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has passed away at the young age of 41 after a long battle with pelvic cancer.

Watkins earned 18 caps between 2003 and 2006 for Wales and played for Welsh region Llanelli Scarlets and then Gloucester before finishing his professional career back in Wales in Newport at the Dragons.

There was a minutes silence before Gloucester’s match at Wasps this afternoon to show respect for their former player.

Our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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