Wales and Lions international to retire on medical advice

Wales international to retire on medical advice

  • Bristol and Wales lock Ian Evans is to retire on medical advice
  • The 32-year-old has suffered a succession of knee problems
  • Evans won 33 caps for Wales and also represented the British and Irish Lions
Bristol and Wales lock Ian Evans is to retire on medical advice because of knee problems.

The 32-year-old suffered an incapacitating knee injury which prevents him from training and from playing professional rugby.


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Evans made thirty-three appearances for Wales and was selected for the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013.

The lock made 129 appearances for Ospreys, before joining Bristol in 2014, where he made 29 appearances.



Evans has not featured since December and told the Bristol club website: “The medical team at Bristol have been hugely supportive and professional throughout. This has been a difficult decision, but I believe it is a positive one.”

Interim head coach Mark Tainton added: “Fish has taken the decision to step back from playing. The welfare of our players is of utmost importance and we support Jon’s decision.”

Bristol signed former London Irish player Fisher from Northampton Saints in June 2016.

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