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Ospreys and Wales lock Ian Evans signs a three-year deal with French side Toulon

Last Updated: 27/11/13 7:13pm

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Ian Evans: Has been a regular for Wales in recent years

Ian Evans: Has been a regular for Wales in recent years

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Wales and Ospreys lock Ian Evans is to join Heineken Cup holders Toulon next summer.

The French side announced the signing on their official website, adding that Evans has signed a three-year contract.

Evans' Ospreys deal runs out at the end of the season and the 29-year-old had been linked with both Toulon and English Premiership side Saracens.

The lock forward has been capped 31 times by Wales, making his debut in Argentina in 2006, a match in which he scored his only international try to date.

Despite the ferocious competition for places in the Wales second row, Evans was an ever-present in the teams which won the Grand Slam in 2012 and followed up by again lifting the Six Nations Championship last year.

He was also a member of the Lions squad who toured Australia last summer and will line up for Wales against the Aussies in Cardiff on Saturday.

Steady exodus

The defection of Evans continues the steady exodus of top Welsh players to France or England.

He will join a star-studded squad which already includes players of the calibre of Jonny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana, Matt Giteau, Carl Hayman and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Speaking about his future earlier this month, Evans said: "There is a lot of speculation.

"It is important to make the right decision but, when the time comes, I would be fairly confident I would have made the right decision.

"I've got a family on the way and, first and foremost, that is what I am looking after to be honest."

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