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Otago, Highlanders and All Black fly-half Nick Evans is returning home, to Auckland, so he can “spend more time with his family”.

Evans, who has played for Otago since 2005 and the Highlanders since 2004, said his pending move was motivated entirely by family reasons and should not be seen as a reflection on Otago rugby.

“I have had an amazing time in Dunedin,” he said.

“I will be forever grateful to Otago for the opportunities they have given me. Playing for Otago and the Highlanders has meant a lot to me and I would love to come back and play in Dunedin again if the opportunity presented itself.”

Evans’s parents live on Auckland’s North Shore and while he played originally for North Harbour, he is not committed to any particular union next year yet.

The chief executive of the Otago union, Russell Gray, said Evans was a player of immense talent and would be missed but respected his reasons for moving.

“It’s often forgotten in professional rugby that the players are young men and their job forces them into long absences away from their families,” Gray said.

“Nick’s desire to be closer to his family is entirely understood. He knows he will be welcome back here anytime.”

 

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