Thom Evans

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Thom Evans
Date of birth (1985-04-02) 2 April 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Harare, Zimbabwe
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 14 st 5 lb (91 kg)
School Wellington College, Berkshire
Notable relative(s) Max Evans (brother)
Chris Evans (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Wasps
Glasgow Warriors
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2010 Scotland 10 5
Correct as of 1 July 2010
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps

Thom Evans (born 2 April 1985) is a former Scottish international rugby union player and model.[2] He last played on the wing for Glasgow Warriors in the Celtic League. Evans' rugby career ended aged 24 on his tenth appearance for Scotland when he suffered a serious neck injury.

Rugby career[edit]

Evans was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and educated at Wellington College, Berkshire.[3] He earned his first cap for the Scottish rugby union side in June 2008 vs Argentina. He was selected in the pre 6 Nations 30-man squad for the 2008 Six Nations.

Evans represented England at U16, U18 and U21 level. He chose to commit to Scotland at A level and at 7's.[citation needed] He could have played for the England 7's team but was ruled out through injury.[citation needed]

Evans was a member of pop band Twen2y4Se7en[4] and toured as a support act with McFly, Peter Andre and Westlife throughout 2004.[citation needed]

In the Six Nations game against Wales on 13 February 2010, Evans suffered a severe neck injury after colliding with Welsh player Lee Byrne.[5] He was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital to receive treatment.[5] He underwent a neck operation that evening,[5] and underwent a second operation to further stabilise his spine later that week.[6] It was revealed that his cervical vertebrae had been knocked so badly out of alignment that he was a millimetre from paralysis or death.[7] After four months of rehabilitation, Evans was forced to retire on 1 July 2010, after accepting medical advice.[6][8][9]

Evans officially announced his retirement from all codes of rugby after the Wales v South Africa test match in the Autumn Internationals of 2010.[citation needed] After a touchline interview with television presenter Hazel Irvine, Evans outlined his intentions to return to the sprinting circuit, in the hope of other athletic success.[10]

In 2012, Evans, coached by Margot Wells, kick-started his athletic campaign competing in indoor competitions and finished fourth in the Scottish Senior Championships with a personal best of 7.20 for the 60m. During the outdoor season, he ran personal bests of 11.26 for the 100m and 23.14 for the 200m respectively. However, by the end of the season, Evans decided that he would not continue with athletics choosing instead to pursue an acting career.

Media career[edit]

Evans was an analyst for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[citation needed]

In September 2014 Evans was a contestant in BBC's twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing[11] partnered with Lithuanian professional Iveta Lukosiute. He was voted out in the 5th week.

Personal life[edit]

Evans' brother, Max also played rugby for Scotland and Castres. They are the twentieth set of brothers to play together for Scotland.[3] They both are featured in the 2010 Dieux du Stade calendar and appeared in full-frontal nudity.[12]

Evans was romantically linked with actress Kelly Brook.[13] On 16 March 2011, Brook announced, via her Twitter account, that she was pregnant and that she and Evans were expecting a baby girl.[14] On 9 May 2011, it was reported that Brook had miscarried.[15] Kelly announced on 1 February 2013 via Twitter that she and Evans broke up.

Evans is a cousin of disc jockey Chris Evans.[16]


In 2011 he appeared on cereal boxes for Scott's Porage Oats along with Chris Paterson and Ross Ford.[17]


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  3. ^ a b Gallagher, Brendan (11 February 2009). "Thom and Max Evans named in Scotland's Six Nations team to face France". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Greenwood, Will (20 March 2009). "Max and Thom Evans take centre stage for Scotland: The boy band scene and world of golf suffered major losses when the Evans brothers, who line up for Scotland at Twickenham, switched their focus to rugby". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Thom Evans, Chris Paterson and Rory Lamont injury blows". BBC Sport. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Evans forced to retire". Sky Sports. British Sky Broadcasting. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scotland / Players & officials / Thom Evans". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Ferguson, David (1 July 2010). "Spine injury forces Thom Evans to retire from rugby". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Scotland winger Thom Evans forced to retire by injury". BBC Sport. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Evans targets track place at Commonwealth Games". BBC News. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "BBC – Blogs – Strictly Come Dancing – Thom Evans joins Strictly". 
  12. ^ "THOM EVANS: Rugby's First Gayporn Star?". The World of Straight Men. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Kelly Brook and new man Thom Evans spotted getting up close and personal". Metro. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Kelly Brook announces she's expecting a baby girl with retired rugby ace boyfriend Thom Evans". Daily Mail. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Kelly Brook, Thom Evans lose baby". 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "DJ Evans hails 'miracle' medical staff". BBC News. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "New porridge proves truly scrum-ptious: Scots rugby stars appear on iconic cereal pack". The Scotsman. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 

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