Roddy Evans: Ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions lock dies aged 81

1959 Lions squad
Roddy Evans (centre row, fifth from left) with the 1959 British and Irish Lions, including fellow Welshman Ray Prosser (centre row, first left)

Former Cardiff, Wales and British and Irish Lions lock Roddy Evans has died at the age of 81.

Evans won 13 caps for Wales and played 18 times for the Lions on the 1959 tour to Australia and New Zealand, playing in four of the six Tests.

Born in Porthcawl on 19 December, 1934, he attended Cowbridge Grammar School and won Welsh Schools caps against France and England in 1953.

Evans also won a Blue for Cambridge University against Oxford.

He qualified as a solicitor while at Cambridge and had various business interests in Porthcawl. He also became president of the Porthcawl Sportsman's Club.

Evans is survived by his wife, Sue, sons Nigel and Bas, and four grandchildren.

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