8th March 2017, 16:02
MEET THE TEAM: Morgan Evans
Counting down to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this autumn, we take a closer look at Wales prop Morgan Evans.
MORGAN EVANS is an international prop forward like no other. Yes he is big, athletic, brave and has a great offload. However off the field Morgan is studying a PhD in Mathematics and used to be a model. Whilst unusual, certainly for a prop, this combination makes him a very popular player with teammates and fans alike
With six international caps and selected by Wales Head Coach John Kear for the last three years, Morgan Evans is another strong contender to travel down under later this year for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Here we take a closer look at the life and career of Morgan Evans.
PIC - Morgan Evans (Right) with teammate Rhodri Lloyd are all smiles after helping Wales win the 2015 European Championships
PIC - Morgan Evans (Right) displaying "that body" having a few laughs with comedian and TV star Russell Howard.
Morgan first started playing Rugby League at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in tournaments organised by Wales Rugby League. Later when Morgan attended Bath University he played representative rugby league for both Wales Students and Great Britain Students.
PIC - Caerphilly born Morgan Evans with his proud family following a Student international game against England.
PIC - Morgan Evans (left) with club team-mates Jordan Sheridan and Osian Phillips in 2014 before representing Great Britain Students in South Africa.
PIC - Morgan after graduating from University of Bath.
PIC - Morgan Evans modelling for fashion retailer Abercrombie
PIC - Morgan Evans just before cliff jumping in Abereiddy
PIC - Morgan Evans on his way to fishing in St Davids
Morgan's outstanding displays for the university representative teams and South Wales Scorpions in 2014 earned him a full international call up later that year.
PIC - Morgan Evans receiving his first senior cap from Wales Head Coach John Kear
PIC - Morgan Evans following the France v Wales game in 2014
Morgan is now in his fourth season as a professional rugby league player after playing for South Wales Scorpions in 2014, Coventry Bears 2015, University of Gloucestershire All Golds 2016 and returning to South Wales Ironmen (formerly Scorpions) in 2017. He has already scored two tries this season, the latest against Whitehaven last weekend.
Pic - Morgan Evans busting through the St Helens defence for South Wales Ironmen in 2017. Fellow welsh international Ben Morris (right) for St Helens looks on.
PIC - Morgan Evans receiving his European Championship winners medal from Lizzie Jones in 2016
PIC - Morgan relaxes while on holiday in Australia where he is hoping to return for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Name: Morgan Evans
Current club: South Wales Ironmen
Former School: Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Former University: University of Bath
Eligibility: Born in Caerphilly, South Wales
Date of Birth: 23/03/1992
Wales Heritage #497. Caps: 6. Debut: 17/10/2014. Most recent cap: 21/10/2016.
FOLLOW MORGAN ON TWITTER: @MorganLucEvans
Wales' next game will be away against Papua New Guinea in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup starting in October. Wales enter the tournament six games unbeaten and as current European Champions however have some mouthwatering opposition in their three opening group games. Click here for a full World Cup fixture list and to buy tickets.
Opening 2017 Rugby League World Cup Games:
28th October Papua New Guinea v Wales Port Moresby, PNG
5th November Fiji v Wales Townsville, Australia
12th November Wales v Ireland Perth, Australia
For details on how to sponsor Wales in their World Cup campaign, please email email@example.com.