The second row, who has gained 33 caps for his country, had a deal with Toulon, before it emerged the deal had collapsed. The next step from arguably the best cub in the world? Second tier Bristol, who have already announced the singings of lots of big names.


Bristol’s signings for next season:

* Ian Evans – Wales lock from Ospreys

* Ryan Jones – Wales forward from Ospreys

* David Lemi – Samoa wing from Worcester

* Jack Lam – Samoa back-rower from Super Rugby’s Hurricanes

* Anthony Perenise – Samoa prop from Bath

* Dwayne Peel – Former Wales scrum-half from Sale

* Ross Rennie – Scotland flanker from Edinburgh

* Nick Kosta* – Bath flanker

* Matthew Morgan – Ospreys fly-half

* Max Crumpton – Harlequins hooker

* Craig Hampson – Leeds scrum-half

* Jack O’Connell – Leinster prop

* Darren Hudson – Leinster winger

* Chris Brooker – Worcester hooker

* Olly Robinson – Moseley flanker

The 29-year-old will join Ospreys and Wales team-mates Ryan Jones and Matthew Morgan.

“Ian is a tough, physical second row who will be a valuable addition to our pack ahead of the new season,” said director of rugby Andy Robinson.


“He’s a quality line-out operator and scrummager with a great attitude that you’d expect from an international player. He will complement our young locks and play an important role in developing them.”

“I know a number of the players at the club and they were very positive about the direction that Bristol is going,” Evans said.

“It was a straight-forward decision for me. It’s great to be part of one the most exciting projects in English rugby.”

Bristol have big championship rivals next year in Worcester, so promotion isn’t set in stone for them. More worryingly is three wales players will not be playing top-tier rugby next year, a growing trend that money talks in modern rugby.