David Evans (rugby)

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Dave Evans
Personal information
Full name David Alexander Evans
Nickname Dave
Born (1886-10-04)4 October 1886
Napier, New Zealand
Died 12 October 1940(1940-10-12) (aged 54)
Napier, New Zealand
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Lock, Flanker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Napier RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1906–10 Hawke's Bay 19
1910 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Unknown (HBRL)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1911–19?? Hawke's Bay
1912 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0

David "Dave" Alexander Evans (4 October 1886 – 12 October 1940) was a New Zealand dual-code international who represented his country in both rugby union and rugby league.

Playing career[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Evans began his career playing rugby union and represented Hawke's Bay 19 times from 1906.[1] He made the 1910 New Zealand tour of Australia and played in the 0–11 Test defeat by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 27 June 1910, becoming the Hawke's Bay's third representative.[2]

Rugby league[edit]

While in Australia Evans had been impressed by the rugby league code and in 1911 he was instrumental in helping persuade three Hawke's Bay clubs—Clive, Ahuriri and Kia Toa—to switch en masse to rugby league.[1] A Hawke's Bay representative, he represented New Zealand on the 1912 tour of Australia, where no test matches were played.[3]


  1. ^ a b Knight, Lindsay. "David Evans". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at nzleague.co.nz". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.