Nick Evans set to retire at end of 2016/17 season

Harlequins fly-haf Nick Evans will retire from rugby at the end of this season
Harlequins fly-haf Nick Evans will retire from rugby at the end of this season

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is all set to bring an end to his stellar career following the end of the ongoing season.

The 36-year-old has made over 200 appearances after joining Quins in 2008 and has amassed over 2,200 points - which is the highest for the club. Prior to his association with Quins, Evans has also featured for Northern Harbour, Otago and Auckland.

He was also part of the 2007 World Cup squad of All Blacks and has played 16 Tests, scoring 103 points in it.

"I thought leaving New Zealand was hard, but leaving the game I've played since I was eight years old - and professionally for 17 years - is tough. But when you know, you know.

"This game has taught me everything, showed me things I could never imagine and introduced me to people that are not team-mates, but family.

"I need to thank the clubs I have represented, the coaches who have helped shape the player I am today, and the fans, both in New Zealand where it all started, and here in the UK, for their support.

"I couldn't think of a better shirt and place to finish my career at than Harlequins, I want to thank the club and fans for making myself and my family feel unbelievably welcome. It has made our time so special."

Harlequins rugby director John Kingston lavished praise on Evans.

"The word 'legendary' is really over-used within the modern sporting world, but in the case of Nick Evans and his rugby playing career at Harlequins, it is the perfect description.

"From the moment he arrived in the summer of 2008, he has been at the forefront of taking the club to heights never experienced before, including being crowned Premiership champions in 2012.

"Not only has his on-field play been outstanding, but he has set the ultimate standards of professionalism in everything asked of him during his time here.

"It is a huge statement to make, but I genuinely question if any player in the history of the club has had such an impact on team performances."

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