Toulon target Ian Evans faces ‘balancing act’

Ian Evans: January decision. Picture: PA
Ian Evans: January decision. Picture: PA
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Wales lock Ian Evans is likely to make a decision in January about where his rugby future lies.

The Ospreys forward, who toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions this summer and has won 30 Wales caps, is thought to be a target for wealthy Heineken Cup holders Toulon.

It is also understood that current Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens could be in the mix for his services. Evans’ current Ospreys contract expires at the end of this season.

The departure of Wales colleague Jonathan Davies to Clermont Auvergne next season was announced last week, while the likes of Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate, James Hook and Luke Charteris already play in France.

“There is a lot of speculation,” said Evans, who is set to feature for Wales against Tonga on Friday night after overcoming an Achilles injury. “I will probably make a decision come January time and see where I go then.

“It is important to make the right decision, but when the time comes I would be fairly confident I would have made the right decision.

“There have been offers from England and France. There is a lot on the table, but it is not really a distraction.

“It is a balancing act. There are obviously issues that you’ve got to consider and decisions you’ve got to make, but I’ve got a family on the way and first and foremost that is what I am looking after to be honest.”

Asked specifically if he was happy at the Ospreys, Evans added: “I am happy when I am playing.”

Evans’ partner is due to give birth in little more than a week, although there is also a chance the call could come on match-day. “I think you would probably see me doing a sharp exit through the tunnel, I think!” he added. “She has been very understanding, to be fair, but I don’t think I’ve got a say in this one. It’s a life-changing experience.”

Evans started every game of Wales’ 2012 and 2013 RBS Six Nations title-winning campaigns, but competition for second-row places is fierce, given the presence of players like Charteris, Alun-Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies, while Andrew Coombs has yet to feature this autumn.