Scotland and Glasgow Warriors wing Thom Evans has vowed he will return playing rugby as he recovers from a life-threatening injury. Evans required two operations after suffering severe neck damage in February.
The 25-year-old clashed with Welsh full-back Lee Byrne at the Millenium Stadium in the RBS Six nations match. The injury could have killed him or left him paralysed and cast serious doubts on his future in the sport.
The Glasgow Warriors star has been urged to hand up his boots by team-mate and older brother Max, but the younger Evans is eager to get back into the game.
"It is not a question of if I will return to rugby, more a question of when," Evans told the Daily Mail.
"I have been running regularly and feel good. Although I am not up to gym work just now, that will come.
"After that, there will be physical contact training and then more work to get me ready. Others will be relaxing during the pre-season, but I will keep working to get myself right. I don't want to put pressure on myself by setting a date, but I will be back.
"I don't expect it will be at the start of the season but I'm hopeful I will be ready to help Glasgow sometime during the campaign."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.