The Scarlets have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Rob Evans will miss the start of the season after having an operation to repair a tendon in his wrist.
The powerful prop is likely to be out of action for two months and may not be back until November. He may also be a doubt for Wales’ autumn internationals, which kick-off against Australia on November the 5th.
Last season was a breakthrough season for the Scarlet at international level, as he started all of Wales’ Six Nations games, making a big impact with his powerful ball carrying, tenacious tackling and solid scrummaging. His emergence saw him dethrone Wales legend Gethin Jenkins from the number one shirt before the 126-cap star retook the shirt for the first two tests of Wales’ summer tour against New Zealand.
A good scrummager and excellent ball carrier with an appetite for tackling, Evans is the epitome of the modern day prop and looks set to be Wales first choice loosehead come 2019.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac had this to say about Evans’ injury:
“I don’t think we will see Rob until near the Autumn internationals. He suffered the injury during the Six Nations and carried it through for the rest of the season.”
As well as missing the start of the Pro12 campaign, he will also miss the start of his side’s Champions Cup campaign.
Once again the Parc y Scarlets outfit have been handed the toughest of draws, as they take on reigning champions Saracens, former champions RC Toulon and Sale Sharks.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena