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Evans adapts to new way of life

Blues News | 25th March 2020


Jarrod Evans is adapting to a new way of life as Coronavirus puts a halt to all sport in the UK.

The Cardiff Blues playmaker made three appearances from the bench during Wales’ recent Guinness Six Nations campaign, which came to an abrupt end following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The six-times capped outside half has praised the arrangements made by Cardiff Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union and says the break in play might give players an opportunity to recover and refresh their bodies following a demanding season.

“Obviously the circumstances aren’t ideal but I know that a few of the boys have borrowed weights from Cardiff Blues and from the National Centre of Excellence, which is pretty good,” said Evans.

“A lot of boys are working from home and you just have to do what you can do.

“I’ve got a bit of an old school set-up at my girlfriend’s grandmother’s house and I’m pretty fortunate to have it all there for me.

"I know a few boys have got set-ups in their garages and houses as well and it’s just a case of being proactive with the work you do.

“The nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches have all set in plans for the next few weeks, with running sessions, weight sessions and diet plans.

"They’ve worked pretty hard across the board, with Wales and the Blues, on providing top quality service for us and we’re all really grateful for that.

“At the moment, we’re all speaking a fair bit through text and I’ve caught up with one or two of the boys but it’s been pretty tough in the circumstances to catch up with them and it’s only going to get more serious.

“For a lot of boys, the international period can be quite tough. I try to keep as positive as possible and a few boys might’ve picked up a few knocks and niggles and this period might allow them some time to get training in because during the season that’s tough as the games come thick and fast.

“You have to be as positive as you can and even though it’s tough you have to work through it.”

With the Guinness PRO14 campaign currently suspended on an indefinite basis, Evans has reflected on his side’s form this season.

While the outside half admits there are improvements to be made, he insists there are plenty of positives to take from their performances.

The Cardiff Blues academy product added: “The best way of putting it is that we’ve been inconsistent. There’s been a lot of good things that we’ve done and probably a lot of bad as well.

“We need to take both on board heading into the next block, whenever that will be.

“We’ll only get better because as a squad we’re becoming more settled and hopefully we can right those wrongs and continue to do the good things that we do.

“We’re heading in the right direction, and while we don’t know when we’ll meet up next, we can look back on some really positive moments this year.

“We were probably disappointed with how the European competition went as it’s a competition that we know so well.

"But hopefully we can put that right next year and the culture is coming along well.

“A lot of the boys are at a similar age and are familiar with each other, but there’s always things to improve on."

 

Evans made his Guinness Six Nations debut as a replacement during this year’s Championship opener against Italy at Principality Stadium, and also featured against Ireland and France.

The 23-year-old is enjoying life on the international stage and believes there is plenty more to come from Wayne Pivac’s side.

"It was pretty good. It was quite new with the new coaches coming in and while the results weren’t quite what we wanted it was never going to be a quick fix.

“There was more intent to play a bit and with a bit more familiarity for players and coaches, it will only get better.

“It’s constantly building and it’s a case of being patience and seeing what comes from it.

“For myself, by watching and playing you gain more experience and the more minutes you get under your belt, the more you adjust and get comfortable at that level.

“I probably wish I could’ve got more game time but it’s a case of being patience and know that the more minutes the better I’ll be.

"I’ve learnt quite a few things of Biggs and we get on really well, and once the game starts to break up a little bit at that level then it allows me to express myself more.

“With the intensity being so high from kick off, there are times where it dips by the time you come off the bench, and that probably suits me more when it’s broken up.

“I’m constantly trying to adapt to what the international stage brings but I’m really enjoying it.

“It’s an amazing experience to play at those amazing stadiums and in front of amazing crowds and hopefully I’ll get the chance to do that again.”