New Zealand Rugby
Gear open to offers from Europe
August 24, 2011
Gear was in prolific form during the autumn internationals © Getty Images
Wing Hosea Gear is reportedly considering a move abroad following his All Blacks World Cup squad snub.
The 27-year-old, whose partner is expecting twins in three weeks' time, said he would talk to his family and take time to ponder his future but hinted that it was likely to lie abroad.
"I'd like to get back in there (the All Blacks) but from experience I've sort of been in and out and I'm not getting any younger," Gear said. "I've got a young family that I need to think about and take care of.
"If you miss out on the All Blacks, financially it's a massive loss that you're making that you could be making overseas."
Gear and 45-Test veteran Sitiveni Sivivatu were the outside backs culled from the squad named yesterday, the All Blacks coaches preferring the all-around skills of Zac Guildford and the versatility of Isaia Toeava, Cory Jane and Israel Dagg. Gear, who is contracted until after the World Cup, said the tournament had been a long-held ambition of his and it was now time to reassess things.
"This (the World Cup) has been my goal for the last three or four years and I think it is time to take that next step and think about the future now."
He did not have any overseas offers on the table, but did have Super Rugby contracts from the Hurricanes and the Highlanders to consider and did not rule out remaining in New Zealand. Gear missed the Tri-Nations squad last season before putting in superb performances on the end-of-season northern hemisphere tour, scoring five tries in three matches to end the year as the form All Blacks wing.
But this year, shoulder and hamstring injuries restricted his impact, although he said he only had himself to blame for not making the World Cup squad after two chances to impress against Australia and South Africa.
"I'm disappointed and pretty gutted," Gear said. "There's more that I wanted to do, I didn't really get too many opportunities, but I put that down to myself not making myself available enough on the field to get my hands on the ball. That's just the way it panned out, and I accept that.
"I obviously just didn't take my opportunities as well as some of the other boys, and those guys fully deserve to be there and I do wish them all the best."
Gear's older brother Rico suffered the same fate prior to the 2007 tournament, and talked with his younger sibling today. "He's pretty supportive, he's been in that situation before. I think he got through that pretty positively and hopefully I'll do the same."
Rico Gear left New Zealand in 2007 and played three seasons at Worcester in England before joining Japanese club Kintetsu Liners last year. After being informed of his omission by the All Blacks coaches, Hosea Gear was told to keep training in case he is called into the squad.
"The coaches have said I'm only injury away... and who knows anything can happen."
He has put his hand up to play for Wellington in the national provincial championship against his former province North Harbour at Albany on Friday. Gear said he was braced for the eventuality of missing the squad, and was now intent on preparing for the arrival of the twins to help take his mind of the disappointment.
"It was inevitable that someone was going to miss out and I was prepared for that, just as some of the other boys would have been as well. I'm out of one job and straight into the next so that gives me a focus and something to look forward to."
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