Ieuan Evans MBE

Ieuan Evans MBE

Ieuan Evans was a former British Lion and captain of Wales Rugby team.

He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen, and Salford University where he obtained a B.A. in Geography and was later awarded an honorary M.A. He has also been awarded a Fellowship of the University of Wales, Cardiff, and received an MBE in 1996 for services to sport in general and Rugby Football in particular. He is also a member of the Bardic Circle (Gorsedd).

After leaving University, Ieuan worked for a short period for the National Trust and then for a number of years for the Bank of Wales, whilst continuing with an amateur rugby career. He turned to full time rugby professionally in 1996 and played with Llanelli Rugby Football Club and afterward, until retirement, with Bath Rugby Football Club where he won a European Cup Winners Medal.

At international level, held almost every record in Welsh rugby – a record breaking 72 caps for Wales, playing 28 games as captain and the most tries in a game, with four. He has scored 33 tries for his country (this tally only being topped by David Campese (Aus), Rory Underwood (Eng), Serge Blanco (Fr) and John Kirwan (NZ).

He has played in all three world cups, and Ieuan has made seven appearances for the British Lions and is a member of the elite band of Triple Lions Tourists, touring in Australia 1989, New Zealand 1993 and South Africa 1997, where a groin injury ended his trip prematurely.