Harlequins Rugby Club announced this morning that recently retired former fly-half, Nick Evans, will take up the role of attack coach for the Premiership team.
On the Harlequins team website Evans commented on receiving the news:
“I have had the opportunity to give everything as a player to Harlequins, and now I am grateful to be able to do the same as a coach.
“My role now is to make the players and the team better. We have a fantastic group of players, and a brilliant coaching group. I am really looking forward to working hard and pushing on from last season to be the best we can be.”
Evans retired at the end of the 2016/17 season, drawing to a close a 17-year professional career which included 16 tests for the All Blacks. He attained ‘legendary’ status at Quins, finishing as Harlequins’ all-time record point scorer, with 2,249 points from 208 senior appearances.
Evans gave up his All Blacks ambitions and joined Harlequins in 2008 and proved an astute signing as he developed into a highly influential playmaker who steered Harlequins to European and domestic titles in 2011 and 2012.
During the last two years, he has also tasted success coaching Wimbledon RFC, who were promoted last season to National League 2. He has also mixed in some very perceptive commentary with a touch of laconic Kiwi humour on Sky Sports.
Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston was understandably happy to retain the services of the talented Evans:
“I am delighted that Nick has agreed the offer to join the Harlequins coaching team following his recent retirement.
“He was an unbelievably intelligent player and has already met considerable success coaching Wimbledon over the last few seasons.
“His role as Attack Coach will afford him the opportunity to bring new and innovative ideas which will undoubtedly benefit the team massively.”
36-year-old Evans, who is currently taking some well-earned rest on the Greek Island of Santorini, will no doubt sink a few ouzos in celebration of his new role.