Thom: Ready For Return

Evans: Learned valuable lesson
Thom Evans admits he is excited about the prospect of playing for Glasgow Warriors against Cardiff Blues next Friday (28 November, kick off 7.30pm) and believes his recent taste of Test rugby with Scotland has helped to develop him as a player.

The 23-year-old winger made his_Murrayfield debut for the national team during the opening Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test against New Zealand before keeping his place in the back-three for the following game against South Africa.

Now Firhill Arena's resident try machine is preparing to transfer his newly-found knowledge into his performances for Glasgow; starting with the visit of last season's Magners League runner's up, Cardiff.

Evans said: "I"m hoping to bring everything I have learnt back to Glasgow. Hopefully that will make me a better player.

"I learnt a lot from Test rugby; just the sheer pace of it and the intensity of the hits you receive.

"You also have to be alert all the time. Sometimes at club level you can relax for split moment and you can get away with it, but at Test level you can't do that because you"ve got to be alert all the time.

"I certainly learned I had to be a lot more on my toes and to be prepared to react to things before they happen as opposed to reacting when they happen."

After sampling life at the very highest level of rugby, Evans has now passed on some advice to his brother Max after his sibling was named amongst the replacements for Saturday's match against Canada at Pittodrie.

And the former Wasps man stressed the main tip to Max was to not be overawed by the occasion and to try and play his own game.

He added: "My advice to Max has been to not leave anything off the field and to have a lot of confidence. One thing you can do in Test rugby is actually get caught up in the moment rather than play your own game.

'that was something I tried to do in the New Zealand and South Africa game and I definitely felt like it worked."

Evans" next objective is to help Glasgow climb even higher up the table and he believes the Firhill Arena crowd will hand the Warriors a huge advantage over the visiting Blues next Friday.

He said: "It is a massive game for us and we need to win this one because then it will put us in a really good position.

"With all the teams so tight in the league at the moment, for us to get a win would be great. With the game being at home, we have got a massive advantage.

"I think the crowd have been like an extra man for us this season - they have been absolutely awesome. It is so good from a playing point of view to have a crowd like that behind you.

'they make a lot of noise and as long as the Glasgow crowd can keep that up then there is no reason why we can't keep on winning."