Gear returns to Super Rugby

    2014-08-11 09:10

    Wellington - Former All Blacks wing Hosea Gear announced on Monday he was returning to Super 15 rugby with the Chiefs, making him eligible to join New Zealand's Rugby World Cup defence in England next year.

    Gear, 30, signed with French club Toulouse last year, and after finishing the season there moved to Japanese side Honda.

    The Chiefs said he will join the Hamilton-based team in February 2015 after completing his commitments with Honda.

    Coach Dave Rennie said he was looking forward to working with the player, who will team up with returning superstar Sonny Bill Williams in a formidable backline for the Chiefs next year.

    "Hosea ticks all the boxes. He's a good man, very professional and experienced," said Rennie, whose side finished a disappointing fifth this year after back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.

    "He's a hell of a player, powerful, quick and a quality finisher."

    New Zealand has a policy of only selecting locally based players for the All Blacks, so Gear's return opens the door for him to add to the 14 Test caps he earned between 2008 and 2012.

    Gear made no secret of his ambition to regain a black jersey after scoring two tries for the Barbarians against England in June.

    "I am heading home to play Super Rugby to give myself the opportunity to make the All Blacks for the World Cup," he said at the time.

    However, he faces a huge challenge breaking into an All Blacks squad boasting the likes of Julian Savea, Cory Jane, Charles Piutau, Ben Smith and Williams as options on the wing.

    Read More On:  hosea gear rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    1 comment
    Comments have been closed for this article.
    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk


    No results are available


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Which South African franchise stands the best chance of winning this year's Super Rugby title?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.