Oban rugby player helps Scot­land win Europe Tro­phy

The Oban Times - - Times Sport - SIGI KOERNER edi­tor@oban­times.co.uk

OBAN rugby player Abi Evans, 21, played for Scot­land this sum­mer, and won the Europe women’s sev­ens rugby cup.

The com­pe­ti­tion ended in Hun­gary on July 23, where Abi’s team won a re­sound­ing vic­tory in the fi­nal match against Ger­many.

Abi showed prom­ise as an all­round ath­lete early on. When she was 14, she won ju­nior cham­pion for athletics in the Ar­gyll and Bute school’s High­land Games.

The same year, she be­came ju­nior sport’s woman of the year at Oban and Lorne Sports Fes­ti­val. This was mainly due to her achieve­ments in swim­ming - Abi swam for six years at a Na­tional Level. But the award also rec- og­nised her tal­ents in hockey, netball, athletics and rugby.

Abi took up rugby at Oban High, aged 12. She then went to Strathal­lan School in Perthshire, where she was al­ready pre­dicted by Richard Fitzsim­mons, a head of depart­ment, to be­come an in­ter­na­tional rugby star. Abi’s fo­cus at school was on swim­ming, but she con­tin­ued to play for Oban Lorne Ladies.

At age 17, Abi com­peted in the UK school games as part of the un­der-19 rugby sev­ens. She played her first in­ter­na­tional rugby match in the 2015 six na­tions opener against France.

This June, Abi trav­elled with the Scot­land women’s sev­ens to the Czech Repub­lic.

By the first day, Scot­land had scored 128 points with­out con­ced­ing any. It was not un­til the semi-fi­nals that any team could score against them, when Scot­land beat the Ukraine 22-7.

The team’s com­fort­able vic­tory got them through to the fi­nal leg of the com­pe­ti­tion and the next month they were bound for Hun­gary. On July 22 Scot­land beat Malta, Fin­land and the Czech Repub­lic, with­out con­ced­ing a sin­gle point.

In the knock- out stages the fol­low­ing day, Scot­land won against Latvia 50- 0 and Ro­ma­nia 32- 0. Be­cause this sub­stan­tial vic­tory placed the team in the top two, it au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied them for the Sev­ens Grand Prix Se­ries next sea­son.

Abi scored two tries in Hun­gary. In the fi­nal match against Ger­many, Scot­land won 33-5.

Photo: Scot­tish Rugby Union

Oban’s Abi Evans helped Scot­land win the Women’s Rugby Europe Tro­phy in Hun­gary.

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