03/01/2020 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Ian Evans leaves Dragons

Former Wales international Ian Evans has left his role at the Dragons after joining the region’s coaching staff in 2018.

Evans, who retired from playing in April 2017, said: “I’ve enjoyed working at the Dragons, but it’s time for a fresh start. I would like to wish everyone at the Dragons all the best in the future.”

Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, said: “We’d like to thank Ian for his hard work at the region over the last year and a half.

“He has been a popular member of the backroom team who I know is keen to broaden his coaching experience and take on new opportunities. We wish him well for the future.”

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Ian Evans had to retire from professional rugby in April 2017 following 15 years in the sport, as he suffered an incapacitating knee injury which prevented him from continuing to play professional rugby.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Evans was raised in Aberdare and began playing his rugby at Abercwmboi RFC, before moving to Pontypridd RFC.

He represented Wales at both under-19 and under-21 levels and quickly made his mark following a succession of athletic and promising performances for the Valleys’ team.

In 2004 he joined up with Swansea and progressed through the regional pathway to make his Celtic League debut against Munster as a replacement in September 2005.

The lock made 129 appearances for Ospreys, before joining Bristol in 2014, where he made 29 appearances.

Evans made 33 appearances for Wales and was selected for the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013.

Ian was appointed Treorchy RFC first team coach along with Andrew Bishop for the 2016/2017 season and also for 2017/2018 season.

After hanging up his playing boots he joined Cross Keys as an assistant coach to Morgan Stoddart in December 2017 and was subsequently recruited to support the Dragons coaching team in the summer of 2018.