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Monday, May 05, 2008

All Black Nick Evans off to Harlequins

All Black Nick Evans off to Harlequins

All Black and Auckland Blues fly half Nick Evans is another in the continued player drain from New Zealand, as he has confirmed he will join Guinness Premiership club Harlequins following the Air New Zealand Cup.

The 28-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at The Stoop until 2011. In deciding to move to England, Evans has almost certainly ruled himself out of contention for the 2011 World Cup, after the New Zealand Union, said it will continue to select players based in the country.

Evans says it was too good an opportunity to turn down. "If I looked back, I would be a fool if I didn't take this opportunity," he said. "It never came down to margins and things like that. It was just about the lifestyle choice and what I wanted to do."

Evans would not reveal what the contract was worth but said he had made a three-year commitment to the Harlequins, a club with a rich history, and he had no regrets.

With Dan Carter out of the mix, the big question now is who will be the next in line for the prestigeous All Black number 10 jersey? Young Stephen Brett of the Crusaders would probably be the front runner, despite his inexperience on the international stage. Stephen Donald of the Chiefs blows hot and cold. So, it's a bit of a tough call for the NZ selectors.

Note: In this interesting interview we hear from the man himself on his reasons why the move makes sense.
Our question to you is, do Rugbydump viewers want to see more of these type of clips, or just stick to the action on the field?

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:27 pm | View Comments (42)

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dAVID May 05, 2008 8:02 pm

so basically "i want more money" :D

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 8:10 pm

stick to the action!

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Ross Thompsn May 05, 2008 8:15 pm

call me a noob but why is dan carter out of the mix?p.s. stick to the action

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nico May 05, 2008 8:26 pm

Please stick to the action. You can put a link to this type of videos in the news section when you find some, though, for people who are interested

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bd May 05, 2008 8:29 pm

yeh i agree with nico because i am interested, but it would be for the best so you dont have to put up with people complaining about those clips!

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ciano14 May 05, 2008 8:34 pm

There should be some sort of news section on rugbydump that this could go into because it is interesting to be fair.All interesting things rugbywise should be on RD!

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banter May 05, 2008 8:36 pm

i like these kinda clips becasue they allow me an insight into whats happenin on the other side of the world. i would never see this kinda thing otherwise . keep it up.

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 8:49 pm


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Ben May 05, 2008 8:54 pm

Dan Carter is out of the mix because he is going to Toulon if they manage to go in the Top14 next year, which is nearly sure. I don't know how long is his contract (actually there is no contract at the moment , but Carter and the club must have talked about it for sure) but I've heard between 6 months and a year.I don't think he has done a good choice on a sportive point of view, he'll get loads of money (approx. 800 000 - 1.580.000 NZ$), but I don't like Toulon and the way they play... In my opinion it would have been smarter to go in Toulouse, to join his All-Black team mate Byron Kelleher, I regret it when I think about what those 2 halves could have done together in the same club...

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filipe May 05, 2008 9:03 pm

just love to see him answering all the questions, not like footballers always dodging the questionsI'm portuguese by the way

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 9:07 pm

i like hearing why people leave and the interviews

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 9:08 pm

Stick to the action!!!No doubt!Rodofle

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 9:11 pm

carter is goin 2 toulouse or toulon in france dats y hes out of de mix! more lik dese! dere interesting!!

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Mac May 05, 2008 9:43 pm

Love it. As much as it's great to see quality rugby action, this stuff is just as important in the scheme of things. Where else we gonna see it?? I'm certainly not trawling through youtube or elsewhere to find it! cheers RD :)

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elrolo May 05, 2008 9:52 pm

IMO i like all things rugby, & if hes going to be in england next year im glad to hear about it. AAgreed that you should make a new section, but still post the vid on main page

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Have them up, or put them in a new section. If people don't want to watch it then they don't have to. Just state it's an interview clip and then that is that.

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Eoghan May 05, 2008 10:07 pm

i watched this as intently as the most action packed clip in the archive. I think its good to see these interviews but if you get a heap of complaints, please post up links!

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ed May 05, 2008 10:11 pm

yeh definitely good to have some more interesting stuff. nobody has to watch it. you might as well go and type "big hits" into youtube if you dont care whats actually happening in rugby

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Proinsias May 05, 2008 10:16 pm

definitely should be shown. Don't care if it's in its own section or not. But ya, good to see! Always striving to improve RD. Keep going!

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Eric May 05, 2008 10:55 pm

I think its a good clip, here in argentina we dont get much info about world rugby so i find it usefull... Puting some links in the forum will do, as the majority prefers action.

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 11:06 pm

for people, in this case: argentina, who dont get to see super 14, this is very helpful and informative, rugbydump brings us the news we dont get on tv, for me, rugbydump is like sportcenter.

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Anonymous May 05, 2008 11:32 pm

deffo want to see this sort of long as you dnt slack off on the action!!!any chance of the leinster tries from the league winning match at the weekend???

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yousef1490 May 05, 2008 11:33 pm

i agree with alot of the other comments a "News Section" would be a really good idea. maybe get the interviews after the big games like internationals and cup finals etc. wat do others think of that idea??

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Anonymous May 06, 2008 12:39 am

I like to see all things rugby union (ie no league).

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Sea-Bass May 06, 2008 9:58 am

Ill join the camp who is for having interviews and off-the-field video's. As some said before, where can I watch such things apart from on rugbydump? So yes, please continue!

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grif dogg May 06, 2008 11:05 am

don't just stick to the action its good to have variety... this is an interesting story as it affects young northern hemisphere players looking to break through and the southern hemisphere players who will be playing at a lower standard now the big names are leaving... will european rugby become like the champions league in soccer full of talented foreign players and ends up to be a higher standard than the world cup?

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Will Topps May 06, 2008 11:29 am

Loved this clip, and would love to see more like it. Rugby's not all big hits and trys.Politics comes into it too!

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Anonymous May 06, 2008 1:54 pm

This is great! Rugby happens on and off the field, keep it coming!

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mike.s May 06, 2008 2:22 pm

This is good stuff to lets you know whats going on all over the world

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Ave88 May 06, 2008 3:17 pm

Dont stick to the action.. the more clip the better, and sometimes interview can be interesting when the player in question is a big rugby star.. Nick Evans sure is.

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Dave May 06, 2008 4:41 pm

and uhhhh......uhhhh......uhhhh :P

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Pedro Fleury May 06, 2008 4:41 pm

good to see interviews ... not very easy to see that kind of stuff here in south america (brazil, to be more precisely =D )I don't think he is going JUST for the money ... maybe some of those players are just tired of playing the same teams every year europe you have old rivalries, relegation and promotion, domestic and euro leagues ... i think it seems more appealing (im not trying to start the NH x SH rivalrie ... i think super 14 is great as well!)

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the mighty stef May 06, 2008 4:56 pm

carter is an idiot if he goes to france in my opinion because he is on the best team in the southern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere play the better rugby.I watch magners league every weekend(im irish)and then watch super 14 on saturday mornings and the gulf is massive.He is too young in my opinion to be selling out already.Does anyone know how long he will be gone for?

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212 May 06, 2008 5:21 pm

personally more of an "slich action" fan.

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coolfordy May 06, 2008 8:25 pm

I think you should post txt but not a video stick to wat u do best rugbydump, on one hand keeping us informed about the wheelings and dealings in the rugby world. But more importantly keep us wincing when we watch the massive tackles.Thanks

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Disco May 07, 2008 1:11 pm

I'd like to see just this clip on Rugbydump. Please remove all of the others and create the domain name "". That would be fantastic. THanks

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Anonymous May 07, 2008 2:46 pm

i like this kind of clips

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joshie May 07, 2008 7:24 pm

Yes i like these clips as long as they dont replace action clips!

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martin May 08, 2008 1:07 pm

a good mix is what it needs, as long as u don't replace action with news i don't care

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Anonymous May 10, 2008 10:04 am

you know ummmmmmmmmmmm im nick evans ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm im gonna play for harlequins ummmmmmmmmmmmm

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Jesse June 28, 2008 1:52 am

i like both the news stuff and the action

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Anonymous August 24, 2008 9:09 pm

keep it up these clips-transfer stories are lways interesting-i think in a different section though is a good idea-keep it up RD

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