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Ex-Wales rugby internationals at match for Dylan Rees

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Ex-Wales rugby internationals have shown their support for a policeman who is still in hospital a year after being injured during a match.

Dylan Rees, 35, cousin of former Wales fly half Jonathan Davies, was seriously injured during a game early last year.

He is still receiving 24-hour care at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Davies and several ex-British Lions were at the fundraiser at Cardigan. Money raised will help support Mr Rees.

Joining Davies, who is now a TV pundit, at Cardigan RFC were former British Lion Brynmor Williams and other internationals including Phil Davies, Wayne Proctor, Iestyn Thomas and Tom Shanklin.

A crowd of more than 1,500 watched the game organised by Mr Rees's friends from school and Cardigan Youth days.

Organisers say the fund has now topped £50,000.

'Some improvement'

His brother Aled Rees said: "It's very humbling for us as a family... we've had fantastic support the last 19 months ... we want to give a massive thank you to everybody that's been involved

"Dylan is still in the Heath and still quite unwell but that there has been some improvement since the accident.. he's able to communicate at a basic level with a thumbs up and a thumbs down but that gives us hope and its nice when he can smile at us every now and again."

Former Wales full back JPR Williams said: "I think it's a great cause... I've got friends down here and the community spirit is fantastic.

"I think it shows what a great game rugby is, that people can rally round to support a very good cause."

Cardigan RFC Presidents XV took on The Dylan Rees XV at the King George Playing field.

In early 2013 Dylan Rees was playing centre for Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd when he collapsed after a tackle just 40 seconds before the end of the game.

He was concussed but conscious, suffered a serious brain bleed and underwent an emergency operation before going into a coma.

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