Wales and Ospreys full-back Dan Evans announces retirement

Dan Evans has made 173 appearances for the Ospreys
Dan Evans has made 173 appearances for the Ospreys

Ospreys fullback Dan Evans has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Evans started his professional rugby career with Llanelli in 2006 with his Scarlets debut also coming later that year. He also featured for Dragons between 2012 and 2014 before switching to Ospreys ahead of the 2014/15 season.

He has racked up 173 appearances for Ospreys and was voted supporters’ player of the year in 2014/15 and 2018/19. He is also the second in the list of all-time try scorer for the club with 52 touchdowns. Evans also won two caps for Wales that came during the 2009 summer tour.

"This has taken some time to process and something I knew would be difficult to share and put into words, but I am announcing my retirement from rugby," he told in a statement released by the club.

"Last August, during a pre-season friendly, I suffered a hip injury that would require a hip resurfacing operation. I had the operation in November under the care of a fantastic surgeon in London.

"It has been one of the most challenging times throughout my professional career and although my recovery is positive, I believe my body will not let me get to the standards I set myself. Therefore, this is the right time to retire from professional rugby."