Injury forces Wales and Lions lock Ian Evans to retire

Ian Evans was selected for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia. David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions second row Ian Evans has retired from rugby due to a knee injury.

The 32-year-old spent the majority of his career as an Osprey but has been with Bristol since 2014. Despite talk of a move to the Dragons next term, Evans has confirmed his playing days are over.

He told Wales Online: "I'm deeply saddened to end my professional career now.

"However, the knee injury I suffered whilst playing for Bristol prevents me from achieving full fitness and hinders my capability to perform.

"While I'm sad that my playing career has come to an end, I'm looking forward to the next chapter and exploring new opportunities. I've been fortunate enough to have an incredible career."

Evans won 33 caps for his country -- winning two Grand Slams -- and was also a member of the Lions squad that toured Australia in 2013.