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Harlequins Confirm They Will Not Release Evans To England

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Apr 17, 2023

English Premiership side Harlequins have confirmed that attack coach Nick Evans will not be re-joining the England coaching team for the Rugby World Cup.

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Stating that the ‘job share’ did not work for the club who took a significant dive in Evans absence, speaking after Quins 48 – 20 win over Newcastle, head coach Tabai Matson said:

“Ultimately we battled while people were away with England, so not only did we lose some of our best players but we also lost our best coach,”

“It’s good he is staying with us. He is signed up and is going to be staying. If I had the same opportunity three months ago when they [England] asked, when we were travelling well in the league and all of those things, given what I know now would I have said no? Maybe not.

“He has come back with a vast array of knowledge and experiences and that will make him a better coach. That experience has been phenomenal, but it cost us.”

The news will come as a major blow to new England head coach Steve Borthwick who will now be looking for what will be England’s fifth attack coach in five years.

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