Wales & Lions International Forced Into Early Retirement
Wales & Lions international lock Ian Evans has been forced to retire from rugby because of a knee injury.
The 32-year-old second-row joined Bristol from the Ospreys in 2014. with the English club announcing his news on medical advice, with the injury limiting his ability to train and play.
Evans made his Wales debut in 2006, and went on to win 33 caps. He made his last Test appearance almost three years ago. He was part of Wales’ Six Nations Grand Slam-winning teams in 2008 and 2012, while he also helped them win another Six Nations title in 2013.
Evans was also part of the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad
“I am deeply saddened to end my professional career now,” Evans told Bristol’s club website.
“However, the knee injury I suffered while playing for Bristol prevents me from achieving full fitness and hinders my capability to perform.
“While I am sad that my playing career has come to an end, I’m looking forward to the next chapter and exploring new opportunities. I have been fortunate enough to have had an incredible career.
“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to represent my country, winning successive Six Nations titles. I am grateful to the Ospreys and Bristol – two fantastic clubs where I have met great people and hold fond memories.”