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Thomas has heart surgery

Scarlets prop Rhys Thomas has undergone heart surgery after being taken ill in training, the Welsh region have confirmed.

Thomas, who has seven Wales caps, was treated by club medics before being transported by ambulance to Morriston Hospital in Swansea on Thursday morning.

The 29-year-old has undergone "successful surgery" and is now in a "comfortable condition" but he will remain in hospital during his recovery.

Scarlets chief executive Mark Davies said: "All our thoughts and best wishes as Scarlets are with Rhys and his wife Paula and their family and the region will be keeping in close contact with medical teams at Morriston Hospital as to his progress but it is understood that he is comfortable and doing well.

"I am sure the whole rugby community in Wales would join with us in expressing to Rhys - all our very best wishes for a quick and comfortable recovery."

South Africa-born Thomas came through the ranks at Newport, breaking into the first team in 2003 and going on to earn a place in the Newport Gwent Dragons squad when Welsh rugby turned to a regional model.

His impressive form for the Rodney Parade side saw him win his first cap as a replacement in the first Test on the tour of Argentina in 2006.

But he missed several months of the following season with a mystery chest problem, before eventually being given medical clearance to return to action.

He started against Italy during Wales' 2008 Grand Slam campaign after missing out on selection for the 2007 World Cup, and left the Dragons after 119 appearances to join the Scarlets in 2009.

He has since made over 50 appearances for the west Wales region and last featured in the RaboDirect Pro12 victory over Glasgow earlier this month.


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