THE RUGBY world was shocked and saddened to hear that Matthew ‘Smiler’ Rees had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2013. But the Wales hooker and former captain is made of tough stuff and, incredibly, he returned for Cardiff in the Pro12 game against Ulster in March 2014.

In this video, Rees himself and Lions captain Sam Warburton talk about his battle with the disease, his stint away from the game, and what it took to come back in just six months…