With all the scandal taking up much of the sporting headlines, we often overlook some of our greatest stars.
Born 2 April 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe and educated at Wellington College in Berkshire, Thom Evans went on to represent Scotland at international rugby union. He earned his first cap in 2009 vs Argentina, eventually being selected for the pre-6 Nations 30 man quad for the 2008 Six Nations.
On the 13 February 2010, during a Six Nations game against Wales, Evans suffered a severe neck injury after colliding with Welsh player, Lee Byrne. He was quickly taken off the pitch where he received immediate medical care. He undertook a neck operation that evening and had a second operation to further stabilise his spine later that week. Evans was forced to retire in July 2010 after revealing that his cervical vertebrae had been knocked out so badly out of alignment that he was a millimetre from paralysis or death. He was 24.
Like all great sporting stars, he wouldn't be beaten easily. After recovering from the rugby injury, Evans competed in Scottish athletics, at both indoor and outdoor competitions. This is also where his modelling career took off, finding himself in to a two year relationship with beauty actress Kelly Brook.
Prior to all his sporting commitments, did you know that Evans was also a member of pop band Twen2y4S37en, touring as a support act with McFly, Peter Andre and Westlife throughout 2004?
In 2014, Evans took part in Strictly Come Dancing. He danced with Iveta Lukosiute but were booted off when they lost against Simon Webbe in a dance off.
More recently Evans has featured on our TV screens, jumping out of a dream machine van with the 'dream team', surprising a woman with a pug and some doughnuts.
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