Nick Evans (rugby union)

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Nick Evans
Nick Evans 2013 (cropped).jpg
Full name Nicholas John Evans
Date of birth (1980-08-14) 14 August 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Auckland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 198 lb)[2]
School Westlake Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Fullback
New Zealand No. 1039
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2017 Harlequins 208 (2,249)
Correct as of 6 May 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–04
2005–06
2007–08
N. Harbour
Otago
Auckland
?
35
26
(?)
(?)
(391)
Correct as of 31 January 2013
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–07
2008
Highlanders
Blues
32
12
(164)
(150)
Correct as of 31 January 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–07 New Zealand 16 (103)
Correct as of 31 January 2013

Nicholas John Evans (born 14 August 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He played at fly-half and fullback. He joined Harlequins for the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership season, and remained with the club until his retirement [3] on a deal reportedly worth £320,000 a year.[4] He retired at the end of the 2016-17 season and is now a coach for Quins.[5]

Biography[edit]

Evans was born in North Shore City in New Zealand, and attended Westlake Boys High School, where he played first five-eighth (fly-half) for his school's First XV. He played both rugby union and Aussie rules football at the school. He played club rugby with the East Coast Bays Rugby Club in the North Harbour Premiers.[citation needed]

Evans graduated to the NZ under-21 and senior Aussie Rules Football sides, competed against state teams and was offered a trial with the Sydney Swans.[1], turning it down to commit his future to rugby union.

Although he has grown since, he was at the time considered short for professional Aussie Rules at 176 cm. He later decided to commit to rugby union and played for the Highlanders in the Super 14 and for Otago in the National Provincial Championship. However, on 25 May 2007 Evans announced he would not be re-signing with the Otago Rugby Football Union and would either sign for a Union closer to his family on the North Shore, or become one of many New Zealand rugby players heading overseas if he did not make the All Blacks World Cup squad. He decided to move closer to his family.

Career[edit]

A rugby player pictured after kicking a ball, with one leg extended in the air and the other placed on the ground
Nick Evans kicking a drop goal in a rugby union match for Harlequin F.C.

After impressing in both provincial and Super rugby, he made his All Blacks debut aged 23 against England in 2004. In his last game against Wales when he came on as a replacement for Carter, he broke the line with his first touch (off first phase, a very rare occurrence at international level) to set up Sitiveni Sivivatu for an easy try underneath the posts. Evans was selected in the 30 man New Zealand Squad at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He started at first five-eighth against Portugal in a game which New Zealand won 108–13, and in the process accumulated 33 points via 14 conversions and a try. He played in the game against Scotland, having been summoned from the bench to play at fullback and looked very handy. He was rewarded with a further start at fullback against Romania and scored 17 points through a try and six conversions.

Evans was overlooked for New Zealand's 2008 Tri Nations series. After signing with English Premiership side Harlequin FC, he has become ineligible to play for his national side due to the NZRU's policy of only selecting players within New Zealand to play for the All Blacks side.

Since joining the Harlequins, Evans has been a chief architect of on-field success of the club. He was instrumental in the Harlequins back-to-back defeats of Stade Français in the Heineken Cup and helped salvage a draw for his side in their Boxing Day clash with the Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership. During the 2010–11 season Evans has continued his on field success at Harlequins with his most notable performance coming in the European Challenge Cup, putting a man of the match effort against London Wasps in the quarter finals and kicking the winning conversion in the final against Stade Francais.[6] Evans signed a new contract with Harlequins to see him with the club until 2013.

He started for Harlequins in their 2011–12 Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers and scored six penalties and one conversion.[7]

In April 2017, Evans announced his retirement from rugby after the 2016–17 Premiership season with Harlequins.[8]. His last home game for Quins was against Wasps on 28th April, 2017. [9]

Shortly after his retirement from playing, he was appointed as an attack coach for Quins.[10]

Against Pld W D L Tri Con Pen DG Pts %Won
 Argentina
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Australia
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 England
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 France
4
3
0
1
1
2
1
0
12
75
 Ireland
1
1
0
0
0
4
4
0
20
100
Pacific Islanders
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Portugal
1
1
0
0
1
14
0
0
33
100
 Romania
1
1
0
0
1
6
0
0
17
100
 Scotland
2
2
0
0
1
2
1
0
12
100
 South Africa
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
5
100
 Wales
1
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
4
100
Total 16 15 0 1 5 30 6 0 103 93.75

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evans Profile". All Blacks. 
  2. ^ "Harlequins 1st XV". web page. Harlequins. 2011. Archived from the original on 14 December 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Quins sign Nick Evans". Quins. 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Stafford, Ian (27 December 2008). "Harlequins 26 Leicester 26: Evans delivers on time again". Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Stoop, Gerard Meagher at The (2017-04-28). "Harlequins' Nick Evans says goodbye in style in victory over Wasps". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Harlequins 32–22 Wasps". BBC News. 8 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Harlequins 30-23 Leicester". BBC Sport. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nick Evans Retirement". Harlequins. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/harlequins-wasps-premiership-match-report
  10. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40093644

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