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Bradford Bulls: Ben Evans set for some more Millennium magic
Ben Evans is preparing to return to the scene of the launchpad of his rugby league career after being included in Wales’ World Cup party.
The Bridgend-born forward, who made Iestyn Harris’s squad along with Bulls team-mate Elliot Kear and brother Rhys, spent the 2013 campaign on loan from Warrington.
A deal is set to be agreed that will see Evans return to the Provident Stadium again next term but he is already looking ahead to Wales’ World Cup opener with Italy in Cardiff on October 26.
The match is part of a double-header at the Millennium Stadium that will see England open the tournament against Australia.
Evans, who along with Kear has already begun training with the Wales squad in Wigan and will formally go into camp next Wednesday, said: “It’s going to be a massive experience for me and I turn 21 just after the Italy game, so it’s amazing to play in a World Cup at such a young age.
“I played at the Millennium Stadium for Brynteg Comprehensive in a curtain-raiser to the 2005 Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC.
“We played Castleford High in the Power-gen Champion Schools Tournament and beat them 40-4 – I got the Chev Walker Trophy for being man of the match and my brother Rhys got a hat-trick.
"I wind Chev up about that now, but Rhys and I got scouted that day by Warrington and got offered scholarships by them. Around six months later, we moved up to Warrington with my mum.”
Evans made his international debut for Wales against France last autumn and then played against England in Wrexham.
A hip problem disrupted the start to his Bulls career but he finally made his bow against Rochdale in a Challenge Cup tie in April and did not look back.
Evans, who is likely to play in the back row for Wales, said: “I’ve really enjoyed myself at Bradford this year.
“At the start it obviously didn’t go to plan when I needed the hip operation but to come back and play every week was fantastic. I was nowhere near match fit to start with and a few injuries to other players helped me to get a shot.
“I think I did okay and managed to keep my place. I played 17 games in a row so I was over the moon with that considering it was my first year.”
He looks certain to return to Bradford next season but admitted: “I think they’re coming to an arrangement for me to do another year on loan at Bradford and then come back.
“But nothing has been sorted yet and I don’t know when it will be.
“I’d rather it was sorted as soon as possible so I know what I’m doing but, either way, I’ve got another year on my contract at Warrington so I don’t have to worry about it.”
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