RYAN Matyas paid a flying visit to former club Tondu last week to meet up with his old Waterwheelers teammates.
The 27-year-old back from Tucson, Arizona has already been capped by the USA a dozen times, and took his place among the Eagles’ replacements for Saturday’s 57-14 defeat by Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
But not before a quick return to Pandy Park and while he was there he presented them with his shirt, which will take pride of place on the wall in the club.
“It was wonderful to see my old friends again, I have great memories playing for Tondu and always keep an eye on their results from the States,” he said.
“I wish I could have spent all day with the guys. I’m proud to have worn the badge and will never forget what the club has done for me.”
Tondu head coach Matthew Tatchell said: “It means a lot to the club that Ryan made time to visit us,” while team manager Rob Dyke added: “I will never forget the sensational try Ryan scored for our seconds, to help us win the 2011 Enoch Lewis Cup Final against Wick.”
Meanwhile it may not be too long before he meets his old mates again, as Tondu are due to tour New York and Philadelphia next year.
Matyas now plays his rugby in California for San Diego Legion.
Tondu could certainly do with some of the old Matyas magic with the current crop struggling near the foot of the One West Central table.
The Waterwheelers suffered their sixth defeat from eight league matches this term when they went down 39-8 at Glynneath on Saturday.
Brogan Lloyd, Jordan Griffiths, Owen Nesbitt, Alex Burton, Craig Tennant and a penalty try were on the scoresheet for Glynneath. with Jack O’Reilly booting two conversions and a penalty.
Next up for Tondu, who are second from bottom, is a trip to Maesteg Celtic this coming Saturday before a home clash with basement boys Aberavon Quins the following week.
In other action, Glamorgan Wanderers went top of One East Central with a 26-13 win at Cambrian Welfare.
Wing Will Adams-Jones was at the double for the Wanderers with both tries converted by fly-half Luke Fish who also booted three penalties and a drop goal.
The win took Martyn Fowler’s side two points clear and back above Rhiwbina, who had led the way heading into the weekend but postponed their game with Gilfach Goch.