Evans gets the Blues

Hawke’s Bay lock Bryn Evans, who was plucked out of the draft to play for Super 14 franchise the Blues, has no regrets about moving from his home of Havelock North to Auckland.

Evans, who received the call-up just two days after his 23rd birthday, is one of the new signings that coach David Nucifora will be looking to use to plug the second row gap left by the departure of All Black locks Ali Williams and Greg Rawlinson.

Williams has signed to play for the Crusaders in 2008, while Rawlinson has joined the Worcester Warriors in England.

“I was just flattered to be picked up and selected in a squad,” Evans told the Blues’ official website.

“I was really excited and it took a while to sink in, but going to play for the Blues is going to be a real challenge. In the Air New Zealand (ANZ) Cup, we gave most teams we played a real go, but both times against Auckland it was a really hard day at the office.

“I am really looking forward to playing with these guys rather than trying to tackle them,” he added.

Evans has played 40 games for Hawke’s Bay and helped the side to the semi-finals of this year’s ANZ Cup where they were beaten by Auckland.

He will be a valuable addition to Nucifora’s squad.

“Bryn is an exciting young player. He is a big fellow [Evans is 1.96 metres tall and weighs 118 kilograms], very athletic, and given the opportunity to play in a very strong forward pack, I think he will develop very quickly,” Nucifora said.

While at the Blues, Evans will be looking to make the most of the experience and is hoping to improve on his core skills, such as safely securing kick-off ball, as well as his line-out jumping.

“My defence is also what I want to improve – particularly as an offensive tackler,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to getting some valuable experience with the Blues.

“Anything I can learn from guys who have been there and had the experience, will help me in the long run. I’m at the age where I just need to be taking in as much as I can, especially in my first year of Super 14,” he said.

 

365 Digital

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