IRB Hall of Fame – Induction No.92 – Ieuan Cenydd Evans (Wales & British & Irish Lions) 1964-
One of seven legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in London on 17 November 2014. These inductions represent the incorporation into the IRB Hall of Fame following the acquisition of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
Born: 21 March, 1964 in Pontarddulais, Wales
Ieuan Evans’ ability to conjure something out of nothing with his razor-sharp side-step, searing pace and rugby nous marked him out as a standout player for Wales and the British & Irish Lions. Evans played for Wales 72 times, 28 as captain, and scored 33 tries – a tally only bettered by Gareth Thomas – in an international career spanning 11 years from 1987-98.
Evans’ knack of being in the right place at the right time was no better demonstrated than on the 1989 Lions tour to Australia when the winger dropped on David Campese’s loose pass to score the series-winning try at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Other famous scores came from distance, his solo run against Scotland in the 1988 Five Nations left several defenders clutching at thin air, while five years later he memorably out-paced Rory Underwood to finish off a wonderful ‘kick and chase’ try in a 10-9 victory over England.
Fittingly, his international swansong came at Stradey Park, where he played all his club rugby for Llanelli until joining Bath, who won the Heineken Cup in his first season at The Rec.