Thomas joined Wasps last summer and made a real impact in his first season, but the front row has found it too difficult to be away from his young family who are still based in Cardiff, and he is being released from his Wasps contract to join Newport Gwent Dragons.
Thomas said: “I am really gutted to be leaving Wasps after a year because from a rugby point of view it’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve loved every minute of it. I did, though, completely underestimate how difficult it would be to be away from my three kids and my wife, who weren’t able to move up with me. Travelling back and forth has been really tough and I am incredibly grateful to Dai (Young) and Wasps for understanding the situation I’m in. I want to say thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me this season. I am leaving a club that I think is well on the way to becoming a massive force again in English rugby and I am just sorry I can’t be part of it.”
Dai Young said: “It’s a difficult situation and one we would rather not find ourselves in given the timing, but we do understand that family comes first. TR has had a very good season with us and I’d like to thank him for his contribution over the past year. I know him well as a player and I know how difficult this was for him.”