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Injured rugby star Evans turns heads as he walks the catwalk in New York

Scotland rugby star Thom Evans can count on a future in modelling if he is forced to quit the sport after suffering a horrific injury on the field, the country’s top agency has declared.

The Glasgow Warriors winger stole the show at the prestigious Dressed To Kilt fashion event in New York, part of the annual Scotland Week promotions in the city, only weeks after doctors told the 25-year-old he might never walk again.

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Evans was taken to hospital during Scotland’s RBS Six Nations match against in Cardiff in February after a crunching collision with a Wales player.

Evans, who had been told there was only a 50/50 chance he would walk again, underwent neck surgery and is recovering, but has not yet said whether he will be able to resume playing rugby.

However, the Scottish agency behind Dressed to Kilt has approached him to discuss opportunities in the fashion world. Describing him as “lovely”, Alison Bruce, a director of the Colours Agency in Glasgow, said Evans did “a brilliant job”, adding that he “would have a future in modelling should he decide to pursue a career”.

Some of the best-known faces from the Scottish diaspora appeared on the catwalk.

Among them were X-Men star Alan Cumming, Austin Powers creator Mike Myers, Sex And The City actor Kyle MacLachlan, television presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, and Carol Smillie. Sir Sean Connery, who personally invited Evans to take part, hosted the night.

US property tycoon Donald Trump was among the audience at the event, billed as a celebration of all things Scottish.

Evans wore a Scotland rugby shirt, although it was paired for the occasion with a patterned beige kilt.

Myers, who was also the voice of cartoon ogre Shrek, sported a traditional Glengarry hat, a kilt and a T-shirt emblazoned with a Superman-styled lion rampant.

Cumming wore a matching kilt jacket and waistcoat, and Miss Scotland Katharine Brown modelled an elaborate tartan dress and hat.

The evening raised money for veterans’ charity the Erskine Hospital in Scotland and a paralysis charity in the US.

Events organised around Scotland Week started last Friday and continue until Saturday, when 2,000 pipers will march through Manhattan during the Tartan Day Parade, which provides the climax to the celebrations.

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