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May 03, 2006

Glasgow sign Thom Evans

Posted by Editor on May 3, 2006 12:12 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail author

Thom Evans makes the move from Wasps to Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of England U21 player Thom Evans from London Wasps.

The winger/fullback, whose maternal grandfather Fred Thom was born in Glasgow, is known for his impressive pace having been a 100m and 200m sprinter at England Schools level. Also a keen golfer, he has played for the South at U16 level.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to playing with Glasgow. Sean [Lineen] sounds very positive and with him on board as head coach and this group of players starting the new season afresh, I'm keen to play their style of rugby and it's a great opportunity for me."

He joined the London Wasps Academy directly from school (Wellington College, Berkshire) and made his first start for England U21 earlier this year against Scotland in the shadow 6 Nations tournament, scoring two tries in the process.

Before taking up rugby full time, Thom was a member of pop band Twen2y4Se7en and toured as a support act with McFly, Peter Andre and Westlife throughout 2004.

Thom told Wasps official website: "I've had a great time at Wasps and it has been hugely beneficial for me. I've learned a lot from the players and the coaches - especially Shaun Edwards. He has taught me a lot and made me into a much better player.

"But at Glasgow I feel I will get more game-time which is crucial to me at this time. I've been offered a chance to start and play week-in, week-out and I just feel it will benefit me much more in the future to play regularly at a top-class level.

"Another major factor is the chance to play international rugby because my grandfather was Scottish and so I've always had that in mind.

"It all depends on how I play, but I know the coach, Sean Lineen, at Glasgow is tight with the Scottish RFU having played in the last Grand Slam team. Obviously I've got to play well, but, if the offer comes along, then I would love to be a part of it.'

A former Wellington College student, Thom will part company with his school friend James Haskell and the former boy band singer, who once supported Westlife, admits it will be a wrench to leave his team-mates at Twyford Avenue.

He added: 'It will be hard to say goodbye because there is a great bunch of lads at Wasps and everyone gets on really well.

"It is quite sad leave that environment, but I'm sure I will meet new friends up at Glasgow."

London Wasps Academy Director Rob Smith acknowledged that the exit of Evans would be a loss to the club, but understood the winger's decision to join Glasgow in order to potentially play first-team rugby.

Smith said: "It is sad to see him move on because we felt he had a big future in the game. But we understand that he is ambitious and wants to play first-team rugby.

"The possibility of getting regular first-team starts has been the big decision factor in him moving on.

"Different clubs can offer different things. We just feel he needed to develop a bit more before he became the finished article and we were prepared to do that with him. But we wish him all the best and hope to see him on our travels."

Thom will join the Warriors during the summer for the start of the new season.


Position: Wing/full back, Born 02.04.85, Harare
Height: 1.88m (6ft 2in), Weight: 91kgs (14st 4lbs)
Representative Honours: England U16, England U19, England U21, England 7s squad
International U21 Record: 2006 It(rep), S, F, I

Posted by David on May 3, 2006 02:28 PM | Reply to this comment

Can he play for Scotland when he's represented England up to U21 level?

Anyway could be a good signing especially if he was a sprinter during his school days.

Posted by Pauly1 on May 3, 2006 03:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Isn't strange that all of the pro-teams are still making signings whilst there's so much crap going on with budgets and the potential axing of a pro-team? I mean who in their right mind would sign a contract with an employer who might not be there in 4 months time? I for one wouldn't.


Posted by sunday5 on May 7, 2006 01:00 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes he can still play for Scotland, as far as I'm aware. U21, u19 and the likes of Colt sides don't count as full caps. But he may have to live here for 3 years first.

Posted by vicki on May 7, 2006 02:14 PM | Reply to this comment

He won't need residency to qualify, if he has a Scottish grandfather.

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