Former Wales international Matthew J Watkins has revealed he has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The 34-year-old, who won 18 caps for his country between 2003 and 2006, has also played for the Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons and Gloucester.
His playing career ended in 2011 since when he has worked as a skills coach with Welsh Premiership side Cross Keys.
The ex-centre is to undergo treatment in Cardiff for cancer of the right pelvis.
In a statement released on his behalf through the Welsh Rugby Union, Watkins said: "Obviously it's very disappointing news for me and my family but I'm keen to progress with my treatment and battle the illness with the same commitment as I gave to my rugby career.
"I am determined to continue my everyday life with my family and friends and appreciate the privacy shown during this very difficult time."