Ieuan Evans

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Ieuan Evans
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Ieuan Evans
Full name Ieuan Cennydd Evans
Date of birth (1964-03-21) 21 March 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Pontardulais, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 13 st 5 lb (85 kg)
School Queen Elizabeth Grammar
University Salford University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Carmarthen Quins RFC
Llanelli RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions

Ieuan Cennydd Evans (born 21 March 1964) is a former rugby union player who played on the wing for Wales and the British and Irish Lions. He is the 3rd highest try scorer for Wales behind Shane Williams and Gareth Thomas and 19th in the world on the all-time Test try scoring list. Evans held the record for the most Wales caps as captain with 28 until over taken by Ryan Jones in 2012.[1]

Evans was born in Pontarddulais, Wales, and started playing rugby as a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen and for Carmarthen Quins RFC. At the age of 19 he joined Llanelli, initially while a student at Salford University. He went on to play in seven cup finals for the club, of which they won five. In 1997 he left Llanelli for Bath where he was part of the team which won the Heineken Cup in 1998.

He made his first international appearance as a right-wing for Wales against France in Paris in 1987. He went on to win 72 caps for Wales and scored 33 tries – at that time a record for Wales – and was dubbed "Merlin" by TV commentator Bill McLaren.[2] Amongst his most memorable moments were scoring the decisive try in the 3rd Lions Test against Australia in 1989, being captain of the Wales team when they won the Five Nations Championship in 1994 and scoring a memorable try against England in Cardiff in 1993 to secure Wales their only win of that campaign 10-9. He made his final appearance against Italy in 1998.

He went on three tours with the British and Irish Lions, to Australia in 1989, New Zealand in 1993 and South Africa in 1997. His four tries against the All Blacks in 1993 made him the Lions' top try scorer.

Evans was awarded the MBE for services to rugby in 1996, and announced his retirement from the game in 1999 to run his own PR marketing company. He is also a regular broadcaster, and contributes a regular rugby union blog on the BBC website. In 2007 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "Ryan Jones breaks captaincy record". 12 December 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ieuan Evans on Wales v England in the Six Nations and taking The Land Rover Challenge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Ieuan Evans". Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 

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