Born: 21st March 1964
Birthplace: Pontarddulais, Wales
As Wales’ third highest try scorer, Ieuan is, undoubtedly, one of Wales’ all-time great rugby players. He was born in Pontarddulais, Wales, and started playing rugby at the age of 10 at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Carmarthen. When he was 17 he started playing for Carmarthen Quins youth side before joining Llanelli two years later, where he won five of seven cup finals. It was at Llanelli that Ieuan rose to phenomenal success after gaining a call-up to the Welsh National Side where he made his first international appearance against France in 1987.
Ieuan enjoyed a long and illustrious international career with Wales, achieving 72 caps, 28 of which as a captain, a record only recently overtaken. He had a remarkably high try scoring strike rate throughout his career finishing with 33 for his country which was another record of its day.
Ieuan’s outstanding performances secured him a place on three British and Irish Lions touring parties to Australia in 1989, New Zealand in 1993 (where he was top try scorer) and South Africa in 1997. Undoubtedly, one of Ieuan’s most memorable moments in a Lion’s jersey came on the 1989 tour of Australia. Ieuan’s series winning try was courageous and brilliant, leading to the Lions gaining a narrow 19-18 victory in the final test, and thus winning an eventful series. Ieuan finished his playing career in 1998 with Bath, winning the Heineken Cup.
1974: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Started playing rugby at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Camarthen.
1981: Carmarthen Quins youth
Started playing for the Carmarthen Quins youth side.
1983: Joined Llanelli
Joined Llanelli, where he achieved phenomenal success at both club and international level. Ieuan played seven cup finals for Llanelli, winning 5 of these.
1986: Salford University Graduation
Graduated from Salford University with a B.A. in Geography.
1987: First International Cap
First international cap in a game against France.
1989: British Lions Australian Tour
Took part in a tour to Australia as part of the British and Irish Lions.
1993: British Lions New Zealand Tour
Took part in a tour to New Zealand as part of the British and Irish Lions and was top try scorer.
March 1994: Five Nations Champion
Won the Five Nations as captain of the Welsh team.
1995: Honorary Student
Obtained an honorary M.A.
1996: Ieuan Evans MBE
Received an MBE for services to sport in general and to rugby football in particular.
1997: British Lions South Africa Tour
Took part in a tour to South Africa as part of the British and Irish Lions.
1997: Joined Bath
Left Llanelli for Bath.
January 1998: Heineken Cup Winner
Won Heineken Cup with Bath.
11th March 1998: End of playing career
Ieuan ended his playing career as Wales' first highest try scorer.
1998: Awarded Fellowship
Received a fellowship from Cardiff University.
2002: S4C Sportsman of the first 20 years
Awarded the S4C Sportsman of the first 20 Years – 1982-2002.
17th Nov 2014: Hall of Fame
Inducted to IRB Hall of Fame.