Sunday 21 January 2018

Evans excited by Calcutta challenge

Max Evans
Max Evans

Max Evans "just can't wait" for his first taste of a Murrayfield Calcutta Cup clash as he tries to help Scotland complete a hat-trick of Edinburgh victories over England.

Glasgow star Evans has already sampled the occasion on enemy territory, having played in last season's RBS 6 Nations defeat at Twickenham. The 26-year-old was wowed by the fervour of the travelling support that day but is expecting an exponential improvement in atmosphere this weekend.

"I was at Twickenham last year for the Six Nations and that experience with the Scottish support that was down there was pretty immense," Evans told Press Association Sport. "I can only wonder what it'll be like at Murrayfield."

He added: "I've heard a lot from the guys already - it's been talked about.

"The buzz surrounding the Calcutta Cup game is massive. I love when all the crowd come in and support us and get noisy. I just can't wait."

As well as enjoying his first experience of the fixture at Murrayfield on Saturday, Evans will also be making his first Test start at wing in what will be his 10th cap.

The position is not entirely alien to the outside centre, who has come off the bench to fill in there more than once.

He also revealed head coach Andy Robinson had given him some one-to-one tutelage on what he expects from the convert.

"He's said, 'I want you to go looking for the ball, I want you to get the ball and find a bit of space, especially target their front five'," Evans explained.

"I'm not just going to be standing on the wing twiddling my thumbs."

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