IEUAN Evans MBE was recently elected as a National Council Member of the Welsh Rugby Union by member clubs, winning a three-way vote against incumbent Gareth Davies and Nigel Davies.

Evans’ tenure will begin after the close of the next Annual General Meeting in October, a gathering which will now also be the last act as WRU chairman for Davies – who leaves after serving two terms on the Council and Board concurrently, amounting to six years at the helm of Welsh rugby.

When campaigning, Evans was very vocal about the need to promote the community game, and Crymych RFC Chairman Brian ‘Beaky’ Davies admitted he was the one the club backed.

“We saw him as the main candidate,” he admitted.

“He contacted us and spoke at length about his targets for the community game, and we were very impressed with what he had to say.”

Davies added that training was continuing at the club.

“Touch wood, everything is going fine for us despite Covid-19.

“The boys get together every week to train, although I can’t see any rugby matches until after Christmas at least.”

Cardigan RFC didn’t want to disclose the way they voted, but committee member Hefin Harries said he hoped Evans could put words into action.

“He wants to look after the community clubs and everything he said prior to the election sounded good.

“At the club we are training once a week, non-contact, and I can see that being the case until at least the New Year.

“The club itself is open although hours are limited so we are ticking over.”