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Evans happy to be back

Ian Evans put three years of injury hell behind him with his return to Wales colours against Australia, and he admitted: "They were not pretty times."

Evans had last played for Wales in November 2008 before he was struck down by a debilitating list of injuries, notably knee, chest and ankle problems.

While the 27-year-old endured many physically-gruelling and mentally-punishing days on a long road back to Test status, other players moved ahead of him to establish themselves in coach Warren Gatland's Wales squad. He said: "I was happy with my performance. It was emotional for me, but I tried to keep focussed on the game."

He added: "It was probably the greatest day of my life coming back after three long years and proving to myself I could do it and to other people who doubted me.

"They were not pretty times, but people stuck by me and I can't thank them enough, really.

"I have had tremendous support from the Ospreys - the physiotherapy department and the coaching department - and from my family.

"This was a big mountain for me to climb. You only get one chance and you have got to take it. Hopefully, I have done that and put my hand up a little bit."

Wales played 41 Tests between Evans' 16th and 17th international appearances, and he admitted: "The pace of the game has moved on, and with how clinical it now is.

"If you make a mistake and the opposition get the ball, they are more or less getting points from it. It drains your energy.

"I am only 27, and yet I felt I quite old in that (Wales) team. It is very exciting when you see these young players coming in. They are so physically big, so powerful and fast, it's unbelievable. I think the future is bright and exciting."

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