Evans relishing his new challenge on Parade

South Wales Argus: RARING TO GO: Dan Evans RARING TO GO: Dan Evans

THERE’S more than just one former Wales international now at Rodney Parade with the intention of nailing down the start at full-back.

Tom Prydie has grabbed the headlines over the past few weeks after playing a starring role in Wales Under-20s’ third-placed finish at the Junior World Championship.

The 20-year-old speedster, who has been capped four times and is Wales’ youngest international, played on the wing in South Africa but was primarily signed by Newport Gwent Dragons as a full-back.

But Dan Evans is aiming to ensure that Prydie is playing plenty of rugby on the flanks after joining from the Scarlets.

Evans, 23, has become something of a forgotten man since being capped twice on Wales’ tour of North America in 2009.

He found himself down the pecking order at his region and spent last season turning out for the Quins at Carmarthen Park rather than at Parc y Scarlets.

But Evans, who will provide a kicking option both out of hand and from the tee, feels rejuvenated after making the move east.

“The last few seasons have been frustrating and I didn’t really get many opportunities,” said the left-footer.

“I had been with the Scarlets since the age of 16 and I think I needed a change and a different experience.

“Perhaps I slipped into a comfort zone, I was used to everything in the environment there and was going through the motions a bit.

“Sometimes you need a new challenge and I hope that this move will prove to be exactly what I needed.

“Pre-season is all getting fit but I just can’t wait to get the ball in my hands now. After a frustrating few seasons it’s nice to have that hunger back and be excited about playing.

“I just want to play week in week out. I’ve always had an ambition to play for Wales again, who wouldn’t? But all I am worried now about is playing here and doing a job for the Dragons.”

It’s not only Prydie that will be Evans’ rival for the number 15 jersey, Will Harries, Hallam Amos and Pat Leach are all in the mix at full-back.

“There’s plenty of healthy competition in the back three and I think any side needs that,” said Evans, who can also play at fly-half.

“The way that things went at the Scarlets showed me the importance of taking opportunities when they come along.

“I am desperate to play regular rugby and I know that I need to perform well to earn that start.

“I played a lot of games for the Scarlets, including plenty in the Heineken Cup, and that experience might be important because this is a young squad.

“But I still have plenty to learn myself and I am excited by the prospect of working with these coaches because there is real ambition here.”

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10:29am Sat 30 Jun 12

the dork says...

What is about to happen with London Welsh going to Oxford ? They will be nearer to gwent in terms of travel time than they will be to SW London are they hoping to attract weary Dragons fans to premiership rugby? Or will they try to establish themselves and then quietly move back to a ground share with Hariquins! ( they would not have pulled this off at this stage) Any thoughts ? How do the Old deer park faithful view thismove. If they stay at Oxford I can see an amalgamation with RP hosting some of the premiership games for 'The London Welsh Dragons'. Exciting times ahead. One things for sure Wasps move to Wycombe has not worked out so Kassam for LondonWelsh a lost cause before they start.
What is about to happen with London Welsh going to Oxford ? They will be nearer to gwent in terms of travel time than they will be to SW London are they hoping to attract weary Dragons fans to premiership rugby? Or will they try to establish themselves and then quietly move back to a ground share with Hariquins! ( they would not have pulled this off at this stage) Any thoughts ? How do the Old deer park faithful view thismove. If they stay at Oxford I can see an amalgamation with RP hosting some of the premiership games for 'The London Welsh Dragons'. Exciting times ahead. One things for sure Wasps move to Wycombe has not worked out so Kassam for LondonWelsh a lost cause before they start. the dork

7:56pm Sat 30 Jun 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Sorry Dork but with The Dragons, Newport RFC and the County using Rodney Parade this coming season there will be no room for London Welsh. London Welsh share the existing ground with Oxford United and it seems to work quite well for them so they will not move to Newport. There are some exiting times ahead on all three front with some very interesting new signings by all three teams at Rodney Parade, I only hope the season goes well for all concerned and that is where the ,loyal support comes in, I'll be there shouting them on how about the rest of those who post on here?
Sorry Dork but with The Dragons, Newport RFC and the County using Rodney Parade this coming season there will be no room for London Welsh. London Welsh share the existing ground with Oxford United and it seems to work quite well for them so they will not move to Newport. There are some exiting times ahead on all three front with some very interesting new signings by all three teams at Rodney Parade, I only hope the season goes well for all concerned and that is where the ,loyal support comes in, I'll be there shouting them on how about the rest of those who post on here? Robert Shillabeer

9:28pm Sat 30 Jun 12

SWBorderer says...

Be fair Robert, most of the people who post on here want the teams to be successful, there are a few that would love to see Newport obliterated in a nuclear attack, but we do have a variety of opinions of how success can be achieved. That is the beauty of the game.
Be fair Robert, most of the people who post on here want the teams to be successful, there are a few that would love to see Newport obliterated in a nuclear attack, but we do have a variety of opinions of how success can be achieved. That is the beauty of the game. SWBorderer

9:01am Sun 1 Jul 12

the dork says...

We will see in time........you read it here first Robert.
We will see in time........you read it here first Robert. the dork

6:54pm Mon 2 Jul 12

corpardguy says...

Why would any NGD fan care about what London Welsh are about (unless they were poaching our talent!)?

Anyway NGD and Newp' have both scored some potentially good signings.
Once again Welcome to Dan and ALL our newbies, I am sure we can get the RP crowd as vocal as they once were. We certainly helped win a few Derby matches in the last couple of seasons.
IMHO the biggest threat we have to the new season is the fixture list. Last year we were up against it from the off with so (too) many away fixtures running together at the start. Teams especially young teams like this one need to get used to winning, and thats a doubly hard habit to pick up away from home.
Why would any NGD fan care about what London Welsh are about (unless they were poaching our talent!)? Anyway NGD and Newp' have both scored some potentially good signings. Once again Welcome to Dan and ALL our newbies, I am sure we can get the RP crowd as vocal as they once were. We certainly helped win a few Derby matches in the last couple of seasons. IMHO the biggest threat we have to the new season is the fixture list. Last year we were up against it from the off with so (too) many away fixtures running together at the start. Teams especially young teams like this one need to get used to winning, and thats a doubly hard habit to pick up away from home. corpardguy

4:30pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

You are absolutely right corpardguy we need to have a better start to the season than last year. The number of away games at the styart of last season was simply a result of the new stand development and gave a buffer in case the stand did not get finished in time for the season start but should not be a problem this term. When are the seasons fixtures out anyone know? The premiership has most probably been done but can't be published until the Pontypool saga is resolved and we await the judges findings on that one. By the way there are a lot who would like to see Newport obliterated by a nuke especially those using the M4 right now, but hopefully that won't happen just yet.
You are absolutely right corpardguy we need to have a better start to the season than last year. The number of away games at the styart of last season was simply a result of the new stand development and gave a buffer in case the stand did not get finished in time for the season start but should not be a problem this term. When are the seasons fixtures out anyone know? The premiership has most probably been done but can't be published until the Pontypool saga is resolved and we await the judges findings on that one. By the way there are a lot who would like to see Newport obliterated by a nuke especially those using the M4 right now, but hopefully that won't happen just yet. Robert Shillabeer

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