Evans not for sale
Thom and Max Evans turned down big-money offers to move to France in order to preserve their Scotland ambitions.
Last Updated: 11/03/09 9:02pm
Glasgow Warriors brothers Thom and Max Evans revealed they turned down big-money offers to move to France in order to preserve their Scotland ambitions.
The duo signed new deals with the Warriors on Wednesday, and revealed afterwards that they were offered big euros to go and play in France.
With French sides grabbing a host of England internationals due to the money on offer, the Scottish duo were tempted to follow suit.
However, 23-year-old winger Thom, the younger of the brothers, says that playing for Scotland in the next World Cup was the top priority.
"I'm not going to lie, there were a lot of discussions on it - obviously with the French clubs being able to spend the money they can," said Evans.
"It was quite tempting some of the offers they come up with but I definitely feel we've made the right decision.
"I didn't really see myself leaving, I'm going be honest, because I've enjoyed myself so much here."
"The money can throw you because it is staggering the amounts they can offer."
Evans even says that when he turned down the French offers, he was handed an even bigger wad of cash to try and change his mind.
"I went back and told them that I was pretty much going to stay and they tried to sway me by throwing in a ridiculous offer. But my mind had been made up.
"I know a lot of people say money isn't everything but it genuinely isn't at the moment.
"If I was to go somewhere else and I'd had to start afresh, I definitely feel it would've had a negative effect on my rugby. With regards to keeping our Scotland places, it definitely would have had a pretty big impact on that matter.
"We want to play for Scotland and that's priority number one. I'm only 23 and I'll be 25 coming up to the World Cup."
Evans says that playing with his older brother improves his game, and did not want to break up that partnership.
"He's my brother and I can read him better than anyone else and it definitely brings out the best in our performance playing with each other.
"I just think it's the right thing to stay together at the moment."