Canada full-back Matt Evans talks pranks, streakers and Hassler’s hair

What are your bugbears?

I hate it when people don’t help with carrying team kit and walk right past it. Gordon McRorie is bad for that.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I’m a big dessert man. I’m the first up for seconds and I’m always on hand if a team-mate doesn’t fancy theirs.

Who is your funniest Canada team-mate?

Jebb Sinclair probably thinks he’s the funniest. I would say our prop Doug Wooldridge is a funny guy though. It’s all about understanding his take on the world. It’s not that realistic, I’d say.

Any practical jokes you can share with us?

The front-row guys like to do one where they fill a bin full of water and lean it against a door…

Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

Jessica Ennis. Because of her gold medals – that’s a real area of interest. Definitely not for any other reason!

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Gold standard: Jessica Ennis-Hill is someone Evans would like to meet. Photo: Getty Images

What’s been your funniest on-pitch moment?

Two streakers broke onto the pitch on the night we played against France! Well, they weren’t wearing bottoms, but they did have on Canada tops.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Teleportation, because it would be good to get back to Canada regularly. But also if you’re ever in trouble – ZAP! I’d go back to Vancouver Island, where my family come from.

If you could be any team-mate, who would you be and why?

I’d be Jeff Hassler because he trains the least and gets strong hair points.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I was chasing back for Cornish Pirates against Moseley and went head-first through some solid boards. The ref put his head over to see if I was alright, but no one helped me!

How was the World Cup, off the field?

We got treated like royalty and that was new to a lot of us. The fans were great. Not many of us are household names but there was a buzz. I was lucky enough to play in NZ in 2011 and this was even better.

Who impressed you for Canada?

Head and shoulders above was DTH van der Merwe. Jamie Cudmore and him are our marquee guys. When you have these guys you expect them to step up every time and they did that.

DTH Van Der Merwe

Winging in: DTH Van Der Merwe scores against Romania at RWC 2015. Photo: Getty Images

How did you rate the performance of lower-tier teams?

The Japan defeat of South Africa shone out but performances from Georgia were great too. It was just the way Tier Two teams pulled out good performances. No team coasted to the quarters and maybe with four more years of development it will be even closer.

So you’d like more meaningful Tests for Canada?

Absolutely. It would do us no end of good. It’s difficult just turning up every four years for World Cups. You need to get the fundamentals right. It can be difficult to put pressure on big teams and do Tier Two proud if you don’t play as much.

What would you like to achieve away from rugby?

I’d love to own my own coffee shop in Canada. My missus has one in Penzance called The Front Room. I wouldn’t be working hard in mine, though. I fancy myself as a bit of a schmoozer!

This article appeared in the December 2015 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here.