Nick Evans to retire from rugby

The former All Blacks and Harlequins first five Nick Evans has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the northern season.

Evans, who began his career at Otago as a full-back, made his test debut for New Zealand against England in 2004 and won a total of 16 caps, scoring 103 points. He last played for the All Blacks at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

The 36-year-old joined English Premiership side Harlequins in 2008 and went on to make 206 appearances for the club, scoring a club record 2,217 points with 30 tries, 309 conversions, 476 penalties and seven drop goals.

"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," Evans said.

"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."

Evans scored 20 points against Leicester Tigers in the 2011-12 Premiership final to secure Harlequins' first league title. He also kicked a touchline conversion to win the Challenge Cup in 2011.