November 03, 2017
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Injured Evans inspires teammates

His Rugby League World Cup may be over with a broken wrist, but Vodafone Fiji Bati prop Kane Evans says the injury hasn’t dented his team spirit and he will continue to inspire and motivate his teammates.

Evans fractured the radius and ulna in his left arm while scoring a try in Fiji’s 58-12 thrashing of the USA in Townsville last Saturday.

The hard-hitting prop will require surgery which has ruled him out for the tournament, but Evans said he would do everything he can off the field to help his teammates.

“I am gutted, but I just want to be around the boys. I’ll probably stay around camp and pop my head in every now and then just to lift the spirits of everyone,” he told the Townsville Bulletin.

“We’ve got 24 (players) in our squad and I think everyone’s a character in their own way. I know when I was in hospital the boys said they missed me because I’m normally one of the loud ones.”

“It felt good that they actually missed me and it’s good to be around just to keep everyone positive and happy. I’ll definitely be cheering from the sidelines and if I can I’ll be out there singing the song with them. I’ve got to try and sneak on the field somehow.”

Evans believes last weekend’s win over USA was only a taste of what the star-studded Fijian side can do ahead of their clash with Wales in Townsville on Sunday afternoon.

“The superstars were there and they turned on when we needed them, but everyone did their job,” Evans said.

“We saw a bit of flair and I think that’s only a little of what’s to come, especially having Aku (Uate) out in the centres.”

“Normally you see him play wing, but to see him do what he did out there was amazing. I can’t wait to watch him and the whole team to see what everyone comes up with.”

Evans said it was interesting to learn more about the green sea turtles, but the burly prop admitted he was a little worried when feeding them with his one good hand.

“Especially when you’re feeding the big turtles, they’re quite scary. I didn’t want to lose another arm with what’s already with this one,” he added.

Fiji Bati plays Wales at 9.30pm (Fiji Time) tomorrow.

By Reginald Chandar

Photo credit- Zak Simmonds

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