Evans looks at early release from NZ Rugby


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Nick Evans is almost certain to seek an early release from his New Zealand Rugby Union contract so that he can take up his employment with Guinness Premiership club Harlequins.

Evans missed out on selection in the All Blacks’ first squad of the year and he is said to be gutted.

Evans signed a three year deal with Harlequins in England and says he is considering moving a little earlier than he had hoped due to him no longer being needed for the All Blacks.

Evans has played 16 tests for the All Blacks and was one of their stand out performers at the World Cup.

He told Radio Sport that being dumped had hit him hard at first. “It was gutting, no one likes to get a message like that,” he is quoted on RugbyHeaven. “But that was the way it was.”

Evans said he had been told of his omission from the 25-man squad via a message left on his cellphone from coach Graham Henry,

“To be honest I’m very disappointed and sad that this is kinda the end for me in New Zealand,” said the man rated by many as the second best No 10 in the international game last year.

“But now it just allows me to look forward to heading up north.”

To that end Evans confirmed in his interview with the station that he would probably now seek an early release from his contract with the NZRU to allow him to join Harlequins in time for the start of the northern season.

“I’ve got a clause in my contract where I can exercise the right to head up earlier if I choose to. I’ll go through the process of working out what’s best for me.

“Although this is really sad and I’m disappointed I didn’t make the squad, in the long run it could be beneficial. It gives me a chance to freshen up, get rid of all the little niggles, then I can head up there when the time is right and really rip into it.”

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