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Chris Evans accepts Wales rugby clash challenge

Chris Evans
Chris Evans tries the half time kicking challenge during the Wales v Scotland match in Cardiff

Radio presenter Chris Evans braved 70,000 noisy rugby fans in Cardiff on Saturday in a challenge to kick a penalty at the Millennium Stadium.

Evans took to the pitch at half-time during Wales' Six Nations clash against Scotland but kicked wide of the posts.

He was challenged by former Wales captain Scott Quinnell, who was a guest on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

The Radio 2 presenter watched cousins Thom and Max Evans, a try scorer, play for Scotland in the nail-biting match.

"It was hilarious, good fun - I owe Scott Quinnell something, I don't know what," said the presenter after his kick attempt.

Evans said he enjoyed a night out with Scottish fans singing Welsh songs and vice versa.

"I'm not a great rugby fan I must admit, I watch some Heineken Cup but it's international rugby I come for and I'm supporting Scotland, I've no choice."

Evans' cousin Thom Evans was stretchered off with a serious neck injury, which needed surgery and he was visited by the presenter and other family members at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales.

Evans thanked fans for their good will messages and said Thom was "in best hands possible".

Scotland team doctor James Robson said the operation went well and surgeons were pleased with his progress.

Chris Evans has faced a number of sporting challenges since taking over the UK's most popular radio breakfast show from Sir Terry Wogan last month.

He and BBC sports reporter Jonny Saunders have competed against one another at shooting, darts, tennis, golf and ice hockey.

But his kicking challenge was seen as one of his toughest yet.

"I like Chris and Jonny's sporting challenges, and I thought they could have a go at my idea of a challenge - in front of 75,000 screaming fans," said Quinnell, the Swansea-born former Wales and Llanelli number eight.

"It's a nice opportunity for Jonny and Chris and they're always up for a challenge."

Chris Evans
Chris Evans was taking part as part of a series of sporting challenges

Earlier, Quinnell promised Evans would take a punt at goal from about 25m out.

"Well, it depends on how nice Chris is to me on the day - it might be further out than that," he joked.

"I missed a kick there myself a few years ago, so it all depends who holds their nerve."

'Dai Saunders'

Quinnell, who challenged Evans on his Thursday morning show, said the half-time spectacle was part of a competition organised by Under Armour, which supplies the Welsh team's shirts.

Before the game, Saunders said he and Evans were apprehensive about the challenge but he was confident he would have the support of the Welsh fans.

"I'll probably have to wear my football boots while commentating so I can get down to the pitch quickly," said Saunders.

"But we're not sure if this is one of our official sporting challenges, but if I win then I'll argue it should be."

Saunders's grandmother was Welsh and he has been commentating on Wales rugby internationals for seven years.

"I commentate with the former Wales scum-half Robert Jones and he has taught me the Welsh national anthem.

"A few of my colleagues now call me Dai Saunders," he joked.

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