Six Nations 2016: Wales' Evans hopes he took 'big chance'

By Nick WebbBBC Sport Wales
Highlights: Ireland 16-16 Wales
Six Nations: Wales v Scotland
Date: Saturday, 13 February Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick-off: 16:50 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Scarlets prop Rob Evans hopes he has made the most of his "big chance" with Wales after being a surprise choice at prop for Sunday's draw with Ireland.

Loose-head Evans, 23, was preferred to Wales' most-capped player Gethin Jenkins and the experienced Paul James.

"If I did not take the chance there are two boys behind me who will, so I will just keep my head down now and keep working hard," said Evans.

"It doesn't mean I am better than them, but it is nice to have a chance."

Evans missed out on the 2015 World Cup despite starting the final game of the 2015 Six Nations against Italy.

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But his display alongside Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee in Dublin saw the Welsh pack have the upper hand in the scrums, and produce the only Welsh try, for Taulupe Faletau.

"(The scrums were) something we'd been working on, I thought the whole pack put a shift in so I was pretty happy with the set-piece really," Evans added.

Evans helped Wales battle back from 13-0 down in Dublin a day after England saw off Scotland and France beat Italy.

Wales are scheduled to name their team for Saturday's clash on Wednesday and Evans could face a potentially awkward encounter in Scotland's South African-born newcomer Willem Nel.

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"He is (awkward) and they went well, I thought they scrummed really well against England, so it's back to the drawing board this week," Evans continued.

"Their set-piece was pretty good, it could have gone either way."

But Evans is thankful for his chance to stake a claim to keep the jersey.

"My family's been awesome as always, but I don't want to get too carried away," he said.

"Fair play to all the supporters, they've been pretty good.

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"(We're) a little bit disappointed with not coming away with what we wanted (from Dublin), but I suppose there are some positives we can take into next week."

Evans now has a win, a draw and a loss against Ireland on his international record, accounting for three of his four caps.

After hosting Scotland on Saturday, Wales are at home against France on Friday, 26 February before going to Twickenham to take on England on 12 March and return to Cardiff to face Italy on Saturday 19 March.

No team has ever won the Six Nations having drawn their opening game.

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