harri evans

When did you first play rugby?

I started when I was seven, at Llandudno, and stayed there until U16s.

Did you do other sports? 

I did gymnastics when I was younger and played a lot of football. I had trials with Liverpool and Everton but didn’t get in.

Have you always played outside-centre? 

I was fly-half until U18s, then moved to centre in a game when someone got injured and stayed there.

Who do you admire?

I enjoy watching Regan King, and Brian O’Driscoll is also a great player.

Which coaches have nurtured your talent?

My dad Alan and his friend Dai Webb coached me at Llandudno. Then Josh Leach at Llandudno College and Mark Roberts at the North Wales Academy helped me a lot.

What else do you do?

I’m a lifeguard at a leisure centre in Colwyn Bay.

Your RGC coach Chris Horsman thinks you have a big future. What are your aims now?

I’m going to the U20s World Cup with Wales, and I’m looking to go all out, so I’m in the selectors’ minds for the Six Nations. I want to have another good season with RGC in the Championship.

RW Verdict: Horsman rates this 18-year-old “fantastic”. He is one of North Wales’ hidden talents.

 This appeared in the July 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition. 

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