Friday, February 3, 2012

Matt Evans Tackles and Tries

Matt Evans scores for Canada's Under-20 team against Scotland in the IRB Junior World Championship
Matt Evans vs Scotland
Canadian utility back, Matt Evans looms as being one of the country´s most important players over the coming four years as Canada look to rebuild and plan ahead for Rugby World Cup 2015. With Canada´s starting flyhalf and inside centre - Ander Monro and Ryan Smith both into their 30´s and unlikely to feature at England 2015, Evans is one player who Canada need to shine. The 23 year old made his debut vs Ireland at Limerick in 2008 and has so far played 14 international matches for his country, including two at last years World Cup. His versatility saw Kieran Crowley use him as a winger rather than at fullback or flyhalf where he impressed in the years leading up to New Zealand 2011.

Evans´ international debut came in what was a noteworthy year as in 2008 he also played in the IRB Junior World Championship. At the tournament he played five games, scoring two tries - one against Australia and one versus Scotland. While, Crowley used him vs both Wales and Scotland in Canada´s two other internationals following the clash vs Ireland. He started vs Scotland at flyhalf. The following year he returned to the wing for Canada and impressed vs Georgia as he scored two tries in the Churchill Cup. He scored another vs the USA at Edmonton as Canada qualified for Rugby World Cup 2011 with an impressive win. His movement aruond the backline continued for Canada´s November matches vs Russia and Japan with Evans starting both at outside centre. He played well as a replacement fullback vs Uruguay in the 2010 Churchill Cup and then moved to flyhalf and impressed in Canada´s famous win over France A and in the sides loss vs the England Saxons. With Ander Monro in form in 2010 and 2011, Evans´ chances of playing flyhalf vanished and he returned to the wing in time for the World Cup, scoring a good try vs Russia in June 2011.
Having impressed in the 2010 Churchill Cup, Evans was signed to play in the Celtic-Italian League (now known as the Rabo Direct Pro 12) by the Newport-Gwent Dragons. Reciving limited opportunities and not taking his slim chances, he was released by the club in May 2011. After serving his country in New Zealand 2011, Evans recieved an offer to return to the UK this time to play in England´s second division, The Championship. He has been recieving plenty of game time with the Cornish Pirates, as a winger.

Matt Evans Career Highlights

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