Hurricanes Give One Year Deal To Gareth Evans

||Published by Christie Gilmartin15th October 2020
Hurricanes and Hawke's Bay Forward Gareth Evans

The Hurricanes have re-signed Back Row Gareth Evans for the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season. The 28 year old has only signed a one year deal, with the Wellington franchise, which could signal a potential move away after. He has struggled with a few small injuries, during his time with the Canes, but has been a consistent performer when fit. Evans currently has 31 caps for the Canes and will be looking to add a lot more next year. The former Highlanders man, suffered an ankle injury, halfway through Super Rugby Aoteaora. He is now back fit and will be hoping for a strong Mitre 10 Cup season to get him back on track. Evans plays for recent Ranfurly Shield winners Hawke’s Bay Magpies and a key member of their forwards pack. Evans has signed a new deal, not long after the Canes re-signed Vaea Fifita and James Blackwell. These are three versatile and hard working players, that bring a lot to this franchise and their goal of winning another title.

His versatility is a big plus for the Canes, meaning they can shift around their back row and include the likes of Du’Plessis Kirifi and Ardie Savea. That trio of players, is an all action group, who get involved as much as possible. Evans plays with a seriously high work-rate and is strong carrier, due to the way he accelerates into contact. He is another lineout option and has a solid defensive game. If you look back at his time with the Highlanders and Otago, as well as his current teams, Evans has an impressive try scoring rate. Should Evans look to move elsewhere next year, there will be plenty of interest in his services.

What They Said:

Gareth Evans:

“Really looking forward to the competitiveness of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in 2021.  The goal is to help the Hurricanes in any way I can to another title.”

“Unfortunately, my involvements in the end of the Super Rugby season were limited with injury, so I’m really keen to get on the pitch with the lads. In the meantime, I’ve got a top crew here in Hawke’s Bay with a good mixture of youth and experience. I’m loving being back on the field.”

Hurricanes Head coach, Jason Holland:

“Gareth has a wealth of experience and will be a senior member of our squad next year. His versatility across all loose forward positions and his knowledge around the lineout are major strengths as well as his explosive speed from the base of the scrum.

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