Local rugby player Tomos Evans has scored the touchdown of a lifetime after winning a scholarship to study at Llandovery College.

Tomos will now be joining some of the highest ranking Welsh rugby players of all time including the highest-capped player Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Carwyn James, Andy Powell and Gwyn Jones.

“He’s been offered a tremendous opportunity and now he has to deliver,” said his father Meirion Evans.

Tomos began to get noticed by some of the nation’s top rugby coaches after they saw videos of his astounding conversions kicked from impossible angles from his parents’ garden in Bettws Ifan near Newcastle Emlyn.


After posting the videos onto Tik Tok, Tomos gained well over 175,00 views and these included some top officials from the WRU and Llandovery College.

“It had a massive number of hits and suddenly everyone who was well-connected in rugby seemed to be following him,” continued Meirion.

“And this was when a lot of doors started opening for Tomos.”

This was when Meirion and his wife Ann began looking into the possibility of Tomos entering one of the English colleges.

“I have to admit that Ann wasn’t too keen on the idea, as England is a long way away for a 14-year-old boy, so this was when we began considering Llandovery. We went to view the college during their open day and we travelled home feeling very positive.”

After watching Tomos play, Llandovery College wasted in time in offering him a sports scholarship.

“Yes, it was a very big decision but it was Tomos who eventually decided. Ann and I were simply there to advise him. But he’s determined to give it a go.”

Tomos started playing rugby when he was just six years old at his local rugby club in Newcastle Emlyn. He was asked to play for Ceredigion county a year sooner than expected and, similarly, was asked to join the Scarlets Youth Academy a year before his time.

“This is quite exceptional,” continues Meirion, “but Tomos has had some fantastic support all along the way from Llyr James who is Ceredigion’s local hub officer for the WRU, and the experience this has given him and the way in which it’s enabled him to develop alongside the older players is doubtlessly going to help him when he begins boarding in Llandovery.

“At the end of the day, we just want him to enjoy the experience.”