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Gareth Evans retires from professional rugby

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Gareth Evans has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The 30-year-old has made the decision to retire on medical grounds.

Evans joined Leicester Tigers on a short-term contract ahead of the 21/22 campaign, appearing for the club in all three pre-season fixtures.

The versatile back-rower made his professional debut for Gloucester in 2011 after graduating from the club’s academy programme.

He spent eight seasons at Gloucester, including a loan spell gaining experience with Hartpury College, and was a member of the squad who won the 2013 Premiership Rugby Sevens and 2014/15 European Challenge Cup.

Ahead of the 2019/20 season, Evans joined Welsh club Ospreys.

Speaking about Evans, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “I am extremely grateful to Gareth for his efforts during his time at our club.

“His addition to Leicester Tigers was crucial for us during the opening months of this season, providing valuable depth in the back-row, and his contribution to what we are building has been fantastic.

“On behalf of everybody at Tigers, I wish Gareth all the best for what comes next.”

Evans added: “I want to thank everyone who has played a part in my rugby journey, from the days of running around as a kid to now at Leicester Tigers.

“It has been a short but awesome stay at this club and I am proud to have been involved with Tigers, as well as great clubs like Gloucester and Ospreys during my career.

“To my coaches, team-mates, the supporters, my friends and family, thank you for your support.

“I am excited for what comes next and looking forward to exploring the real world.

“Finally, to my wife Antonia, I am so grateful for all your support and looking forward to our next chapter as a family.”

Evans’ retirement is effective immediately.