Evans visit boosted Scotland
March 14, 2010
Thom Evans spoke to the Scotland squad following his serious injury © Getty Images
Thom Evans provided an emotional team-talk for Scotland prior to their Clacutta Cup draw with England, presenting the fly-half jersey to Dan Parks on the occasion of his 50th cap.
Evans is in the early stages of his recovery following spinal surgery on an injury sustained in Scotland's heartbreaking loss to Wales in Cardiff last month, but paid a visit to the squad on the eve of the game.
Doubts remain over the wing's playing future but Parks admitted that his presence had provided a lift for the squad, who scrapped to a 15-15 result thanks to five scores from the boot of their No.10. The pair are currently team-mates at Glasgow but will not play together again at club level as Parks is set to join Cardiff Blues at the end of the season.
"It was a really touching moment," Parks said."He's a great guy, Thommy, and I'm going to miss playing with him. It was a great occasion, very emotional, and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. It was great to see him and great to see him up and about, walking around."
"For me, I felt very privileged that Thom spoke very highly of me and the friendship we have. It's very touching and something I'll never forget."
Evans' brother, Max, admitted that the occasion had been an emotional one and helped to underline what the squad was playing for.
"It was a really special occasion," he said. "He did well to get through all he wanted to say because it was obviously very emotional and I think the boys really appreciated it. Once they got through the tears, I think it helped remembering it. Because you realised the added thing you were playing for. It was easy for me but some of the other boys put their bodies on the line."
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