Evans keen to remain a Blue

Auckland back dismisses reports linking him to a switch to Gloucester

Last Updated: 11/12/07 10:56am

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Evans: Wants to stay with Auckland

Evans: Wants to stay with Auckland

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Nick Evans has distanced himself from rumours he is set to become the latest All Black to join the exodus to Europe.

Carl Hayman (Newcastle), Aaron Mauger (Leicester), Luke McAlister (Sale), Rico Gear and Greg Rawlinson (both Worcester) and Chris Jack (Saracens) are among the leading New Zealanders who have arrived in the Guinness Premiership following the World Cup.

And reports from New Zealand have suggested that Blues back Evans and Crusaders No.8 Mose Tuiali'I could soon join the exiles - with Gloucester already holding talks with the duo.

Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan is believed to have met the pair in November, with Evans and Tuiali'I both in the last year of their contracts with the All Blacks.

The Cherry and Whites have refused to comment on the speculation, however 27-year-old Evans - who won his 16th cap at the World Cup - has denied he is set to leave Auckland.

Stick around

He told the Sunday News: "I've just moved to the Blues. I haven't had any focus about going overseas and enough of us are leaving at the moment. I want to stick around a bit longer.

"This is my last year of my All Blacks contract and I've got a couple more with Auckland.

"Obviously I'll be going into contract negotiations when the time comes but my agent can do all of that.

"That kind of thing is way out of my mind and I've got a Blues season to look forward to first."

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