Frank Evans (rugby)

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Frank Evans
Personal information
Full name Frank Evans
Nickname Frankie Dafen
Born 3 April 1897
Dafen, Wales
Died 30 November 1972 (aged 75)
Llanelli, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
–1921 Llanelli RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921 Wales 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–31 Swinton 212
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–26 Other Nationalities 2 1 0 0 3
1921–28 Wales 7 7 0 0 21
1924 Great Britain 4 0 0 0 0

Frank "Frankie Dafen" Evans (3 April 1897 — 30 November 1972 (aged 75)[1]) born in Dafen, was a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Llanelli, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales, and Other Nationalities, and at club level for Swinton, as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5,[2] he died in Llanelli.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Evans, known as 'Frankie Dafen' at his club side Llanelli,[3] played in only one international match as a rugby union player, for Wales against Scotland as part of the 1921 Five Nations Championship. In August of the same year he switched codes by joining Swinton.[4]

Frank Evans won a cap for Wales (RU) while at Llanelli RFC in 1921 against Scotland, won caps for Wales (RL) while at Swinton 7-caps, won caps for Other Nationalities (RL) while at Swinton in 1924 against England, in 1926 against England, and won caps for Great Britain while at Swinton in 1924 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches).[5]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Frank Evans played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, in Swinton's 15–11 victory over Wigan in the 1925 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1925–26 season at the Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Wednesday 9 December 1925 (postponed from Saturday 21 November 1925 due to fog), and played Right-Wing in the 5–2 victory over Wigan in the 1927 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1927–28 season at Watersheddings, Oldham on Saturday 19 November 1927.

Career Records[edit]

Frank Evans is one of less than twenty Welshmen to have scored more than 200-tries in their rugby league career.[6]


  1. ^ Frankie Evans rugby union profile
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Gareth (1986). The Scarlets: A History of Llanelli Rugby Club. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council. p. 105. ISBN 0-906821-05-3. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. p. 52. ISBN 1-872424-10-4. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North — Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6

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