Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Evans: I'll take it to Max for Thom

Max Evans

There will be a trusted ally missing for Scotland wing Max Evans when he makes his Rugby World Cup debut in New Zealand.

The Castres back, who will be 28 on September 12, has spent much of his Scotland career playing alongside younger brother Thom Evans but a neck injury suffered in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales forced Thom to retire from rugby, aged 25.

"It's a proud moment. I know a lot of guys would love to be in my shoes," Max Evans said. "Heroes are born from World Cups - it's something I have the chance to fulfil. Sadly he (Thom) won't be able to be with us. It's completely gutting."

"We've been together, even in the last four years - since the last World Cup - with the World Cup in the backs our minds.

"I'm glad he's involved in the World Cup in some way with being in the ITV crew.

"I believe if we make the quarter-finals he'll get shipped out to New Zealand, so it's almost an added incentive if there wasn't enough already."

For Scotland to progress to the last eight as one of two teams from Pool B, they will need Max Evans firing on full cylinders.

The man who has scored three tries in 20 appearances will move to the Top 14 after the tournament following four years with Glasgow Warriors, after a series of eye-catching performances in the Test arena.

He impressed in the narrow Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham with a skilful score and made his return to competitive action in Scotland's second warm-up match against Italy on August 20.

An ankle injury ruled Max Evans out of the clash with Italy in March, while he had an elbow operation in the summer to clear up a long-standing complaint.

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