28 Jan 2012

Welsh prop undergoes heart surgery

11:11 am on 28 January 2012

The Wales international prop Rhys Thomas has undergone heart surgery after falling ill during training with Welsh Club Scarlets.

The 29-year-old, the last of whose seven caps came in 2009, was taken to hospital in Swansea and has since undergone successful surgery and is in a comfortable condition.

South Africa-born Thomas began his professional career in Wales, making his debut for Newport, the town of his father's birth, in 2003.

He made his international debut in Wales' 45-27 defeat by Argentina in Buenos Aires in June 2006, but was unable to play for seven months between October 2007 and May 2008 because of a chest problem.