Candy Evans

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For the rugby league half-back of the 1890s, and 1900s for Wakefield Trinity, see Arthur Evans (rugby league).
Arthur Evans
Personal information
Full name Arthur Evans
Nickname Candy
Born October–December 1903
Abersychan, Wales
Died 7 January 1952 (aged 48–49)
Abersychan, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1924–≥24 Pontypool RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924 Wales 3 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Hooker, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1928–≥28 Halifax
1930–31 Castleford 18 1 3
1931–34 Warrington 109 21 0 63
Total 127 22 0 0 66
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1931–≥31 Glamorgan County ≥2
1928–33 Wales 4
As of 10 May 2012

Arthur "Candy" Evans (birth registered October–December 1903[1] – 7 January 1952 (aged 48)[2]) was a Welsh miner, boxer, dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, and 1930s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Pontypool RFC, as a Lock, i.e. number 4 or 5, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, Glamorgan County RLFC, and at club level for Halifax, Leeds, Castleford, and Warrington (Heritage № 370), as a Hooker, or Second-row, i.e. number 9, or, 11 or 12.[3]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Candy Evans won caps for Wales (RU) while at Pontypool RFC in the 1924 Five Nations Championship against England, Ireland, and France, won 4 caps for Wales (RL) in 1928–1933 while at Halifax, Leeds, Castleford in the 19–23 defeat by England at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Wednesday 18 March 1931, and Warrington.[4]

County honours[edit]

Candy Evans won caps playing Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 for Glamorgan County RLFC while at Castleford in the 19–12 victory over Cumberland at Recreation Ground, Whitehaven on Saturday 21 March 1931, and 12–33 defeat by Yorkshire at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Wednesday 15 April 1931.[5]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Candy Evans played in Warrington's 17-21 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1933 Challenge Cup Final during the 1932–33 season at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of 41,784.

Boxing career[edit]

Candy Evans was also a boxer, one year going straight from a Welsh rugby international against Ireland to compete in, and win, the Welsh amateur boxing championship hours later. He later became a professional boxer, though remained better known for his rugby league achievements.

Outside of Sport[edit]

On retirement from rugby Candy Evans became a professional gambler, in 1952, facing substantial debts, he committed suicide.


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "Statistics at". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at". ℅ 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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