Ian Evans is desperate to regain a Wales starting spot
Ian Evans is desperate to reclaim a Wales starting spot today after giving up his jersey for a dream wedding.
The colossal lock started every match as Wales marched to a RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam but he did not taste a minute of Test action during the summer tour of Australia.
He missed the first Test after tying the knot of the Greek Island of Santorini and despite joining the Welsh squad Down Under he failed to force his way into Test contention.
The towering Osprey was not surprised by his omission but he hopes his return to the international scene against Argentina on Saturday, with Rob Howley set to name his side at lunchtime today.
"I was unavailable for the first Test, so the other boys were one step ahead of me after putting in a hard training week," said Evans.
"I was at my wedding. I knew I had to forfeit the jersey, but if you are going to forfeit it, it was worth it just to get married.
"I've had to take it on the chin and move on. Now I'm looking forward to the autumn. I want to get that jersey back and keep it for as long as I can."
Evans, who was part of the Welsh training squad that recently spent a week in Poland, expects a fierce challenge from Argentina and reckons the Pumas have benefitted from their involvement in the Rugby Championship.
"Luckily, enough I survived I survived the training camp in Poland," added Evans.
"Now we want that victory and that's what everyone is focusing on.
"Argentina represented themselves extremely well in the Rugby Championship. They will not be as rusty as they would normally be.
"They'll have momentum and you'll see a difference from the last time they were over here. It will be a totally different scenario and a great game."
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