Women's Sports: Amy Evans, 29, announces her retirement from international duty for Wales

Amy Evans, Wales prop, has announced her retirement from international rugby.

The 29-year-old has won 36 caps since she started her Wales career during a 13-0 win over England in 2015.

Ospreys player Evans says she has reached a point in her rugby career at which she wants to focus on her other priorities, like the gym she runs. 

“I’ve been playing international rugby for five years and in that time I’ve taken over the gym which has significantly increased my workload. My own classes are popular so if I need to spend too much time away, numbers can drop.

“If I’m doing something, I need to give it 100% commitment and I don’t feel I’ve been able to give the shirt everything it deserves recently, I even had to miss a few games during the autumn,” Evans explained.

The news means the prop will no longer be available for the Wales side heading to the next women’s rugby World Cup in 2021.

“I feel I’ve fulfilled most of my rugby goals. I’ve played in the Six Nations and a Rugby World Cup. I’ve scored international tries and yes I could have gone on to play at the next World Cup in New Zealand but it just feels right to step away now and have a complete break.”

Evans turned to rugby rather late in life, having previously competed for her country in weightlifting. She switched sports to rugby when she was 24 and says her first cap for Wales in their win against England remains one of her favourite moments in the sport.

“I came off the bench to replace the legendary Catrin Edwards. Catrin taught me so much and not only did I get on the field but you can’t really get much better than to beat England at home on your international debut!.”

Evans has said she now wants to focus on her family: “I’ve realised my priorities have changed and my happiness lies with my family at the moment.

“You’re here for a good time not a long time and I want to be more available to spend quality time with my fiancée and stepchildren.”

Despite the news that she will not feature at the next Six Nations in the new year or the next World Cup, Evans says her support for her Wales teammates will never waver.

“Even though I won’t be playing, I will always feel part of the team and will continue to support the girls.”

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