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Thom Evans

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Thom Evans
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Despite some very tempting offers from French clubs, Thom signed a new two-year deal with Glasgow Warriors in May 2008.

"The offers were tempting in one sense, but we never really swayed towards them," Thom explained. "The money can throw you because it really is staggering the amounts the French clubs can offer now.

"But taking everything into account – going to a new place, possibly learning French, being away from the national coaches who can come to you and give you advice on what you have to work on – I felt I was not happy to move. As tempting as the offers were in terms of money it didn't make up for everything else.

"The money got sillier as I went back and pretty much told them I was going to stay. They tried to sway me but my mind was made up. A lot of people say money isn't everything, and it genuinely isn't at the moment. We still have long careers ahead of us and we wanted to do what we thought was best for both of us."

Thom's season included playing for the national side, against New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals and in the RBS Six Nations, where he scored a try against France in Paris.

Thom joined Glasgow in 2006 from Wasps. During that season, Thom was selected to represent Scotland in the Sevens squad, playing in Wellington and the USA. He also got capped for Scotland A, and was selected for the Churchill Cup squad. This led to his inclusion on the 38-man national training squad for the RWC.

Thom turned his back on music and boy-band stardom to concentrate on rugby and joins Glasgow Warriors from London Wasps. Thom has represented England at U16, U18 and U21 level.

He had a breakthrough season in 2004/2005 following an impressive performance against the Stormers in his first XV debut, with his first Premiership appearance against Worcester in April. He also received an invitation from England Seven Coach Mike Friday to play in the 'Samurai' Development Seven in Amsterdam after a starring performance during the Floodlit Sevens at Rosslyn Park with the A Team Seven.

Thom comes from a strong sporting family as his mother, Sally Evans, was the 100M provincial champion for Durban Province in South Africa. His father, Brian Evans was a professional golfer who won a few opens on the European tour. Brother Max has just signed a new contract with the Glasgow Warriors, and replaced Thom in the Sevens squad.

Thom also displayed talent in other sports as he was an England Schools sprinter. With his background in athletics, it should come as no surprise that he considers sprinter Maurice Green his sports hero. However, when it comes to rugby inspiration, he points to Christian Cullen and aspires for his game to be more like that of the New Zealand legend. Gareth Rees also played a large role in his development as a player as the Forwards Coach for Thom's U16 team.

Although Thom moved into the Academy from Wellington College, he has travelled down some very unique roads in his life outside of rugby. It's quite easy for Thom to say that if he were not playing rugby, he would be a rock star because 'at least for a while' he already was. He and his group, Twen2y 4 se7en, were beginning to draw some rather large crowds by the time that he made the make or break decision to leave a music career behind and focus on rugby full-time.

Thom admits, however, that he still wants to be a pin-up with his face on every wall and he's still known to break out some moves on the dance floor. He also enjoys playing golf, seeing films, and listening to music.

    Posted by Gi on June 17, 2008 08:06 PM | Reply to this comment

    Despues de haber visto el partido de Escocia Vs Pumas, en Santa Fe, tuve la suerte de ir a ver el segundo partido en Velez (Buenos Aires).
    Yo estaba sentada unos lugares al lado del banco de suplentes de Escocia, y Quede fascinada con el. Tiene una mirada muy dulce. Tras haber investigado... su nombre, el equipo en el que juega, llegue a la conclusion que no solo es muy lindo, sino tambien que es muy buen jugador. No se si lo leera,o si podre contactarme con él via mail, pero en fin, fue un placer haberlo tenido tan cerca.
    Un beso, Gi

    Posted by vicki on June 18, 2008 05:35 PM | Reply to this comment

    My Spanish isn't up to much, so, out of curiosity, I ran this through a translator...
    "After to have seen the party of Scotland Versus Pumas, in Santa Fe, I had the luck to go to see the second divided in Velez (Buenos Aires). I was seated places next to the bank of substitutes of Scotland, and Is fascinated with. He has a very sweet glance. After to have investigated… its name, the equipment in which plays, reaches the conclusion that not only is very pretty, but also that he is very good player. Not if leera, or if podre to contact with him mail way to me, but in short, were a pleasure it to have had so close. A kiss, Gi"

    Posted by Gi on June 26, 2008 08:13 PM | Reply to this comment

    Vicki! I don´t speak English very well, for this reason... I decided to wrote it in Spanish!! thank you very much! Your traduction was very good!! It was just what I tried to said!

    Posted by Sandy Coldwell on September 2, 2009 09:28 PM | Reply to this comment

    !Hola! he aprendido un poco espanol por mi cuenta y pienso che esta traducion de tus observaciones sobre Thom Evans es mas correcta de esa de Vickie:
    "After having seen the Scotland v. Pumas match,I had the chance to go to see the second match in Velez (Buenas Aires).
    I was seated a few rows away from the Scottish substitutes, and became fascinated by him. He has a very sweet expression. After having investigated his name and the team in which he plays, I came to the conclusion that not only is he very handsome but that he is also a very good player. I don't know if he will read this or if I will be able to get in touch with him through the post but, anyway, it was a pleasure to have had him so close (to me).
    A kiss". Gi.

    Posted by Dave Cox on August 7, 2008 07:50 PM | Reply to this comment

    Yah i met thom in portugal early jul. Saw him with some totaly unattainable hot and blonde irish chick that everyone wanted. Beyond excellent score mate ;) seemed like a nice lad aswel didn't get to meet Max tho. Wud like to catch thom in action in france this aug. good luck fella.

    Posted by benjamin france on August 12, 2008 12:21 PM | Reply to this comment

    Hi thom is Camarès youngest of the boy who brought you to know saint afrrique Sunday morning. Jespère you've spent a good evening with nous.Je you leave my e-mail "" Done me when you can sign his will make me very happy. Sorry I speak not in English. bye

    Posted by spencelovie on November 17, 2008 08:32 AM | Reply to this comment

    Dave i think i know the irish lass your talking about! She hung with the papagio bar guys!! Were fierce protective of her.>!Was lucky enuf to get a pic with her;)))) Shes a bit of a legend alrite. Gorgeous smile and eyes :) Want to see her down there nxt summer!!!!! Well done thom.

    Posted by pbiddy on November 19, 2008 02:42 PM | Reply to this comment

    Lads not tryin to boast here but i actually spoke to this girl k i had the pleasure to talk to her once r twice in vdl tis year! From dub and she is weell admired there. Her dads some firedoor inventor r sometin massive. Shes an absolute classy cracker. Real sweet too. Didnt kno this; bloody jealous! Your punching some serious weight there mate!!

    Posted by lowla on August 10, 2008 01:15 PM | Reply to this comment

    Hou Max c ' is one good-looking boys who has beauquoup of charm and an indisputable dredger. Gentile when méme I espêre to see again(revise) him(it) the years fellow man

    Posted by Laura Stringfellow on October 15, 2008 11:27 PM | Reply to this comment

    Hey Thom its Laura Nicks cousin im Really glad to c ur doing well hope to c u soon maybe at Nick and Kellys engagement? keep up the good work and take care x x x

    Posted by Maggy on January 20, 2009 03:44 PM | Reply to this comment

    hello, juste thank you for your match you and all your team play very good !! thank you for spend times with supporters
    I hope you will play in France soon.
    Huge Kiss.
    Maggy from France.

    Posted by matt currie on February 13, 2009 07:22 PM | Reply to this comment

    your my favourite player and your brother my brothers favourite player and me and my brther are the same age difference between you and thom

    Posted by Lewis on September 1, 2009 05:14 PM | Reply to this comment

    Thanks for the match ball.

    You and your team played a good game - hope to see you soon and best luck in your next game.

    Posted by matt currie on September 14, 2009 08:58 PM | Reply to this comment

    i have the same boots as you

    Posted by matt currie on January 5, 2010 08:16 PM | Reply to this comment

    hey thom you played great in the 1872 cup 09 / 10

    Posted by Hélène on February 13, 2010 08:06 PM | Reply to this comment

    I just laern that he has a very big injury. I'm sad for him and his family, good luck, and gaves us some informations about his injury.
    I'm a fanatic of him and his father, it's thanks to them if I watch the rugby ! I'm french, so sorry for the faults, but I'm a scottish suppoter ! :)

    Posted by LouiRamsay on February 14, 2010 10:41 AM | Reply to this comment

    We are thinking of Thom and his family at this time and are glad to hear things are better. A full,quick and speedy recovery Thom.

    Posted by martin on February 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Reply to this comment

    Speaking as a life long Wales supporter (but born half Scottish)I was ever so disappointed for Scotland. They won the game, but not the match. I'm looking forward to watching Scotland play Italy. I have difficulty feeling the same way about Wales' next match against France.

    I hope Thom and Chris make swift recoveries.

    Posted by Bruce Halai-Carter on June 29, 2010 11:40 PM | Reply to this comment

    Well so much time has gone by for people to almost forget and yet no where near enough for Thom to get better. My Dad is welsh, my mum scottish and I guess I kind of cant help supporting wales most of the time but my thoughts are still very much with Thom and I pray he is on the mend. I am not sure that anyone fully recovers from the mental as well as the physical scars from a crunch like that but I really hope Thom gets the chance to do anything he likes with the rest of his life. We would love to see him play again but as a father of sons I think I would completely understand if his family would prefer it to be on a golf course!

    Respect Thom and were still thinking of you

    Posted by an_lios on July 1, 2010 09:02 AM | Reply to this comment

    Very sorry to hear this morning that Thom has been forced to retire from rugby due to his injury. He was a wonderful player and will be sadly missed from Firhill and the International Stage.
    Perhaps Glasgow Warriors could play a commemorative game for him so that fans could pay their respects to him as a player and person?

    Posted by Hugues on July 2, 2010 12:48 AM | Reply to this comment

    Your involvement in Glasgow and Scottish rugby was brilliant.
    You choose the country of your grand father and gave everything on the pitch.
    You'll be missed on the rugby pitches, not only in Scotland.
    There is an article on the website Rugbyrama, where French guys give their admiration for the exciting rugby you offered.

    All the best in the future!

    Posted by Bruce Halai-Carter on July 11, 2010 05:19 AM | Reply to this comment

    from the purely selfish perspective of the fan I am deeply saddened by this news - but I bet his family must be relieved. We all know that Thoms talent was special, simply brilliant in half an inch of space and he certainly electrified some part of almost every game I saw him play in. But there is a life after this great game and I really truly hope that this is precautionary and he suffers no ongoing discomfort. You're a young man Thom and a great sportsman -if you start training now you can win us an open the next time it comes back to St Andrews!

    Good luck, gods speed and great respect for now and the future.

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