Bill Evans (rugby union)

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Bill Evans
Full name William Frederick Evans
Date of birth (1857-04-24)24 April 1857
Place of birth Rhymney, Wales
Date of death 1 July 1935(1935-07-01) (aged 78)
School Christ College, Brecon
Sherborne School
University Jesus College, Oxford
Occupation(s) teacher
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Three-quarters
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Oxford University RFC
Rhymney RFC
Cardiff RFC
Newport RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1881 Wales 2 (0)

William Frederick Evans (known as Bill Evans) (24 April 1857 – 1 July 1935)[1] was a Welsh international rugby union player, who won two caps for Wales in 1882 and 1883.

Rugby career[edit]

Evans was born in Rhymney, Monmouthshire.[2] He was educated at Christ College, Brecon, Sherborne School and Jesus College, Oxford, representing Oxford University rugby club (but did not win a "Blue").[3]

He was a three-quarter and represented the Wales national rugby union team on two occasions. His debut for Wales was in a friendly on 28 January 1882 against Ireland. In the following season, he played against Scotland in the Home Nations Championship.[2]

Later life[edit]

After his rugby career in Wales, Evans moved to Gloucestershire, where he began teaching. He later emigrated to Australia, and continued his teaching career, becoming headmaster of Fremantle Grammar School from 1887–90 and then Adelaide Grammar School from 1890–91.[4] Evans continued his teaching after returning to Wales, but in his latter life became homeless, living rough in the hills surrounding his home town.[4] He died in 1935.


  • Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-10-4. 


  1. ^ Bill Evans player profile
  2. ^ a b "Bill Evans". WRU Searchable Player Archive. Welsh Rugby Union. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Jenkinson, Leonard (1994–1995). "Jesus College's Rugby Internationals". The Jesus College Record. Jesus College, Oxford: 62–63. 
  4. ^ a b Jenkins (1991), pg 56.