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Evans vows to do his brother proud

Max Evans has vowed to "play for Thommy" as much as for Scottish pride when he takes to the field in today's Six Nations clash against Italy.

The centre will run out at the Stadio Flaminio just two weeks after watching younger brother Thom suffer a serious neck injury in Scotland's dramatic defeat by Wales.

Having recovered sufficiently from two operations at a Cardiff hospital, Thom was allowed to return home to Glasgow yesterday. The wing was out cold on the Millennium Stadium turf for some time after running head-first into Wales full-back Lee Byrne, and Max described his relief at learning that his brother's injury was not career-ending -- or worse.

"It was great news to hear it wasn't as bad as it could've been," he said. "I just have to be completely grateful to all the medical staff who were on the pitch and to all the surgeons.

"James Robson, our team doctor, said it's a one-in-a-thousand type accident.

"Thom was unlucky to have the accident but, at the same time, he was also very lucky to get the outcome that he's got, considering what it could've been."

Max (26) revealed that Thom remembers little of the incident, only recalling he had just retaken the field in place of his brother.

"He's watched the game since and is just grateful to be all in one piece," Max added.

Italy v Scotland,

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