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Evans holds Lions regret

10th August 2013 10:10


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Regret: Ian Evans

Ospreys, Wales and Lions lock Ian Evans admits that missing out on Test selection against Australia will "gnaw away" for some time.

Evans was not one of the ten Welsh players selected for the third Test in Sydney, watching from the sidelines as he also missed out on a spot on the bench to Richie Gray.

Now back with the Ospreys, with who his contract expires at the end of the season, Evans is looking forward but admits that the omission will sting for some time.

"I did enjoy the tour, but not being part of the Test team was a negative. That will probably gnaw away at me for a while," said Evans to WalesOnline.

"There were five quality locks out there and a lot of competition. In fact, it was probably the strongest squad that's ever toured with the Lions. It was obviously disappointing from a personal perspective because you always want to get in the Test team.

"But stuff happens. The better person got the jersey and you have to accept that. Hats off to Paul O'Connell, Alun Wyn Jones, Geoff Parling and Richie Gray, they deserve what they achieved.

"It's a special thing and to be part of it was incredible. Not many teams come away with series wins, either, so to be part of the squad was quite an achievement really.

"You get to train with and play alongside the best players in British and Irish rugby and you do pick up pointers. Not just from the forwards but from the backs as well. You learn a bit more about the game of rugby just by talking to experienced players.

"There's still more to achieve. I wasn't part of the last World Cup campaign and going away with so many Welsh boys on the Lions tour will give a lot of us confidence looking forward to 2015.

"I'm still hungry for success and will be trying hard to achieve something with Wales and the Ospreys."