Evans forced to retire

Scotland winger losses his battle to return from serious injury

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Thom Evans has lost his battle to return to action following a serious spinal injury.

The 25-year-old Scotland winger damaged two vertebrae following a collision with Wales full-back Lee Byrne during the RBS Six Nations.

Evans was stretched off in a neck brace and needed emergency surgery to stabilise his spine.

However despite working hard in rehab over the past four months to get back to full mobility, Evans has now told family and friends that he has now accepted medical advice that he will not play again.

And former Scotland winger Roger Baird, who mentored Evans, believes the news is sad for the game and the player.


"It is devastating for Thom because all you want to do is play top-class rugby for as long as you can, and there is no doubt he would have contributed a lot to Scottish rugby in the years to come," Baird told The Scotsman.

"It is also a huge blow for the Scottish game and the Glasgow and Scotland teams because we just don't have players with his searing out-and-out pace.

"Although he was quite late to rugby we spoke a lot about his defence, positioning and other things and he took them all on and didn't make the same mistake twice.

"He is genuinely brave and strong, with good intelligence for the game, and I could only see him getting better.

"But you also have to get things into perspective. The great thing is that Thom is able to walk."

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Marc Lee says...

i think that it is such a shame to see a player like thom evans retire at his age he was a great player and i remember watching the game iand watched it happen and then i said i hope he aint out for a long time

Posted 13:46 9th July 2010

John Fleet says...

As a fervent,passionate and patriotic Englishman i used to hate Thom getting the ball as you always thought something was going to happen and you were going to be cut to ribbons.Thom thank you for giving this Englishman something to get excited about and in English rugby those moments are rare.All the best for the future.

Posted 08:25 3rd July 2010

Mark Beeby says...

If this is true then im devastated as Thom was a star player in our club and countries back division. This hasnt been announced on the club site and i only watched an interview with him at wimbledon saying he is hoping to return and the rehab is doing well. I hope for Rugby sake he returns. Hurry back Thom.

Posted 19:49 2nd July 2010

Jeff Findley says...

No rugby lover wants to see this happen to any player. Best wishes for the future Thom.

Posted 08:32 2nd July 2010

Michael Rees says...

This is a sad day for rugby. Luckily Thom has has not lost his ability to walk but this is a massive loss for Glasgow & Scotland & heartbreaking for such a promising talent. Everyone in rugby's thoughts will be with him & his family & I hope he is still able to be involved in the sport he loves at some level. Thoughts must also go to Lee Byrne who will be deeply saddened that this has happened.

Posted 22:12 1st July 2010

Steve Duddridge says...

What a sad day for the sport... A certainty for The Lions in 2013 in my eyes, Thom Evans was on his way to the very top in my opinion. As a Newport Gwent Dragons fan I have seen him a few occasions in the HC and Magners League and he was the one person the crowd were keen to see on the ball for Glasgow.... His presence on the field will be missed at club, international and Lions level. Good luck for the future Thom.

Posted 22:12 1st July 2010

Daniel Tomanek says...

it is very sad to hear that thom has retired and i am a big fan of thom he was very exciting when he had the ball in his hands and every time he had the ball in his hands i would get off my seat and cheer. what ever sport he takes up next i will support him. he was a big part of the scotland team. but his health and life comes first. and good luck for your future thom.

Posted 21:46 1st July 2010

Gary Stewart says...

Sad to hear about thom evans been following his progress to see if he would make it back, i'm sure its heartbreaking to give up on sport he loved and the talented player he is, looking on bright side its good he can walk and enjoy rest of his life, and job in coaching would def serve him well, from rugby fans in N.ireland, i hope thom all the best in future, and goodluck with whatever he decides to do.

Posted 21:31 1st July 2010

Sarah Leitch says...

Sad news, sorry to see this. In my mind, he would've been a future Lion and a key member of the Scotland team for years to come. A great loss to the game here in Scotland but the main thing is that he is alive, fit and healthy after an astonishingly quick recovery. I'm sure he will put as much passion into what he does next as he did with rugby. Sad to see this but as I said before, the main thing is he's fit and healthy. Sarah, Glasgow/Scotland Fan

Posted 21:08 1st July 2010

Tyson Wall says...

Thom was a great player. When watching the match, like every injury i surmised he would come back from it. As said in the other comments at least he is able to walk/move around. It could of been worse. hope to see you commentating games.

Posted 14:47 1st July 2010

Ian Williamson says...

The news about Thom is sad for him, his family and friends and his country. Many thanks, however, for creating so many exciting moments over the last few years. If the medical advice remains the same, I fervently hope that he is not tempted to return to rugby and that he pursues an alternative direction with the same enthusiasm he brought to the wonderful game of rugby. Take care and best of luck from a partly ex-patriat Scot

Posted 13:18 1st July 2010

John Williams says...

Sad news indeed! Perspective of Thom being able to still walk is very true but rugby has lost a potential Lion of the future. Sincere best wishes and good luck in whatever he does in the future.

Posted 12:53 1st July 2010

Trevor Cullen says...

Very sad news for the player and Scottish rugby. As an Irishman I have seen Thom Evans cause all sorts of problems for us in the six nations and magners league. He would have been a key member of an improving Scottish side for quite a few years to come. Sad but as is said above putting it into perspective he is walking and I presume healthy otherwise.

Posted 11:20 1st July 2010

Tony Burke says...

sorry to hear thom evans its a sad thing for a player of his class and age be forced to retire.. but all i can say to thom is now live life u got the chance alot of other over the years didnt get a second chance to even walk take care.. tony munster rugby fan..

Posted 11:19 1st July 2010

Ben G says...

So sorry to hear this. What a loss to the game. I can only hope he does a Steve Thompson and maybe return in a few years after the injury has done some natural healing and perhaps puts itself right. It was terrible to see him in such pain and we should all be gratefull he managed to come out of it alive without worse injury. Best of luck for the future Thom in whatever you do. England fan (most of the time :) )

Posted 11:03 1st July 2010

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