Evans looking forward to playing new rules



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New Blues recruit Nick Evans feels that the new rules that will be implemented for the 2008 Super 14 will suit his game more than the existing rules.

Evans says that there will undoubtedly be a lot of brainstorming done among all the franchises, especially with the breakdown laws and the new scrum laws.

“It will be interesting to see what teams come up with,” he told Sportal.

The new rules require defensive lines to form five metres back from the hindmost foot in rucks, mauls and scrums and Evans says that it will change a few of the defensive systems that have emerged in recent years.

“The game is going to be a lot more open which is better for the viewers but it will be tough for us because we’re going to have to do a lot more running and it will be tougher at training,” he said.

“I will have a lot more room. It will be harder for teams to reach you in defence,” he said, adding that it would also change the dynamics for halfbacks and loose forwards.

One change for a number 10 (normally the penalty kicker)  is that there is a stronger emphasis on free kicks for infringements rather than penalties which could see more rugby league-styled tap and goes.

“It will be a little helter-skelter in the pre-season games,” he predicted.

Looking ahead at the upcoming season Evans thinks that the Blues outfit, that bowed out at the Semi-final stage last year, will utilise his talents a lot more than in his years with the Highlanders and he has been impressed with the talent at the Blues.

” I came to training and see the amount of talent here, I just want to get out there and see that talent flourish,” he said.

“My job is going to be a steady head in the ship and to lead the team around the field.”

“I will just have to concentrate my skills to be another cog in this Blues machine.”

“My distribution skills are going to be used a lot more and my running skills are going to be used a lot more.”   

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