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Evans named on Scotland bench following assault accquital

Max Evans promised to be “very focused” on his rugby after an Edinburgh jury found him not guilty of assault.

Max Evans (file photo).
Max Evans (file photo).
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Updated 13.30

MAX EVANS HAS been named on the Scotland bench to face Ireland after he was cleared of assault by an Edinburgh court yesterday.

Evans denied hitting Alasdair McCaig, 29, with a glass during an altercation in an Edinburgh nightclub in August 2010.

Following a five-day trial, it took a jury at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court less than an hour to find the 28-year-old not guilty.

The star returned to training with his international team-mates yesterday afternoon, and is among the replacements for Saturday’s Six Nations trip to Dublin.

Evans started on the left wing in Scotland’s opening matches against England and Wales, but missed the defeat to France with an ankle injury.

“It’s been a challenging time for me and my family and friends and I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive over the recent weeks and months,” Evans said in a statement last night (see BBC).

I would also like to thank the jury for their diligence in reaching their verdict.

I will now put this behind me and be very focused on my rugby.

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