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Dragons recruit Canada full-back Matt Evans

Matt Evans
Evans qualified for Wales, England and Canada at Test level

Canada full-back Matt Evans has joined the Dragons on a one-year contract.

The 22-year-old, who can also play fly-half, will come to Wales after playing for Canada in the Churchill Cup.

"Matt is an exciting young player and he will be a valued member of our squad," said Dragons manager Robert Beale of the 6ft 1in, 13st 7lb back.

Evans, who has a Welsh mother and spent his childhood in Narberth, came off the bench for Canada in their 23-32 defeat to Wales in Toronto in May 2009.

The Salisbury-born youngster had made his international debut in the defeat to Ireland the previous week.

He swapped west Wales for Canada and Vancouver Island 10 years ago, qualifying for the Canucks on residency grounds.

Much of his family remains in Wales, and Evans was educated at the Hartpury College academy in Gloucestershire.

Archive interview: Evans talks to BBC Points West during his Hartpury College days

Evans said before the Wales game last year: "When I was young I had ambitions to play for Wales, like any kid.

"But when I moved to Canada that changed a bit and I wanted to represent Canada."

Evans provides much-needed cover for the 15 jersey at Rodney Parade, Martyn Thomas having suffered a serious leg injury at the end of the season and Jason Tovey having moved to fly-half.

Beale says he is excited at the prospect of bringing Evans to Newport.

"We looked at him on the recommendation of both Alan Lewis of Hartpury College and Geraint John [who is] currently involved in the Canada set-up, [they have] have been impressed by his talent," said Beale.

"We are very proud of the reputation we are building for giving opportunities to young players and Matt will fit in very well with the style of rugby we are looking to continue at the Dragons."



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