Thomas forced to retire
Scarlets prop Rhys Thomas, who won seven caps for Wales, has retired from rugby after suffering a heart attack in January.
Last Updated: 27/04/12 4:54pm
Wales prop Rhys Thomas has retired from rugby after suffering a heart attack in January.
The 29-year-old Scarlets tighthead, who won seven caps for his country, was taken ill while taking part in a cardio session in the gym at Parc y Scarlets.
He was treated by the Scarlets' medical team and then rushed to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where he underwent a life-saving quadruple heart bypass operation.
Thomas is now on a special diet and fitness programme to help him return to full health and hopes to remain involved in the game.
"At the moment, it is about spending time with my family and friends and I'd like to thank my wife, Paula, for all her support," he said.
"I'm just concentrating on getting myself fit and healthy again and that could take 12 months after what's happened.
"The support I've been shown has been incredible and I'd like to thank all the Scarlets rugby supporters, my colleagues at Parc y Scarlets, fellow players, people across the rugby world and all those who have send me their best wishes.
"To receive so many messages over the past few months has been a real boost to me and my family during a fairly challenging time."