‘Legendary’ Evans announces his retirement

Harlequins star Nick Evans is to retire at the end of the season.

The New Zealander, 36, joined Quins in 2008 and helped them win the Premiership title four years later.

He holds the club’s scoring record, having amassed 2,217 points in 206 games.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to finish my career,” Evans said.

“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 and cheers.”

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said: “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.”