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All Black Nick Evans has decided to move from the Highlanders and Otago to play for the Blues and Auckland in 2008, after signing a two-year contract.

The versatile back will be available for the two-times Super Rugby champions in May and could have picked North Harbour, where he made his representative debut in 2001.

“It’s exciting for me. This is the next step in my career and I am looking forward to a new opportunity – playing amongst a new group of guys in a new squad,” said Evans.

“I’ve enjoyed my time with Otago and the Highlanders. Now, looking ahead, I’m confident I will continue to enjoy my rugby as a member of the Auckland and Blues teams.”

Auckland and Blues CEO Andy Dalton was thrilled with Evans’ decision to move to Auckland.

“Nick is an outstanding player. He’s dynamic and tactically astute at both first five-eighth and full-back. We’re very fortunate he will be joining us next season.

“In a year where we are seeing many of our top players head overseas post the World Cup, it is great to see a player of Nick’s calibre choosing to continue his rugby career in New Zealand.”

In 2004, he made his first Super 12 appearance and was selected for the All Blacks that same year.

Evans has played for the Highlanders and Otago since 2005. He is also a member of the New Zealand squad to take part in the Rugby World Cup in France in September and October.

 

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