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Contract extension for Evans

Cardiff Blues centre Gavin Evans has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the region until 2014.

The 27-year-old moved to the Blues from the Scarlets in 2009, having won his only Wales cap against the Pacific Islanders in 2006, and after a slow start has impressed this season in racking up 20 appearances.

Blues' backs coach Gareth Baber said: "He's the sort of person with the right skill set, the right work ethic and the right attitude that we want in this environment."

Evans could be set for a more regular role next season with Casey Laulala leaving to join Munster, and Gavin Henson having been sacked by the region before a decision was taken over his contract.

Baber added: "I think that we have a young backline and Gavin still has a lot of good years ahead of him as a player.

"He's found it tough over the last couple of seasons with a class act like Casey coming in but what Gav has done is be totally professional and kept training and pushing hard.

"He's got a great skill level, he's a great reader of the game and a great communicator as well.

"For us to move forward as a group and show young players how it's done I think Gavin shows all those characteristics."

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