Hotshot: Leicester Tigers flanker Will Evans

first_imgDate of birth: 28 January 1997. Country: England. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tiger tackled: Will Evans is caught during an Aviva Premiership match. (Photo: Getty Images) When did you first play rugby?When I was about five. My mum’s work colleague said I should go along to Wymondham RFC. I didn’t enjoy it too much to start with but I got into it. I stayed there until I went to Wymondham College when I was 14 and just did schools rugby after that.Have you played in different positions?I was fly-half until I was 14 or 15. My coach at Wymondham College, Roger Morgan, said I would be a lot more useful in the back row. Seven is now my fixed position.How did you get involved with Leicester Tigers?They spotted me in the Norfolk Player Development Programme. I joined their academy at 16 and went to Queen Elizabeth College in Leicester to do my A levels.And when did you first play representative rugby?For England U18 last year.Who’s had a big influence on you?Brett Deacon at Leicester has helped me with my turnovers and tackling.You didn’t play in the U20 Six Nations in 2016…I was disappointed not to make the squad, but I put a massive emphasis on improving my game and I played for Leicester around that time. TAGS: Leicester Tigers Was Premiership rugby a big step up?It was a massive shock. It is such a fast pace but it gave me the confidence that I could mix it with international players in there.You must be pleased with how the U20 World Championship went…It was a pleasure to be involved and I really enjoyed it. We played some outstanding rugby.What are your aims for 2016-17?To play more Premiership rugby, work harder, and get fitter and stronger. RW Verdict: This teenage openside stepped into the Leicester team in the spring of 2016 and thrived, then he was named in the U20 World Cup Dream Team having been a key player in England’s triumph. He has a big career ahead of him.First published in the August 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.last_img

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