Full name Rico Levi Gear
Born February 26, 1978, Gisborne
Current age 37 years 225 days
Major teams Barbarians, Crusaders, New Zealand Maori, Worcester Warriors, New Zealand
Position Centre, Wing
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 213 lb
|The Rugby Championship||2005-2007||8||7||1||15||3||0||0||0||5||3||0||62.50|
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pacific Islanders at North Shore City, Jul 10, 2004 match details|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jun 30, 2007 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Rico Gear travelled to the 1998 Commonwealth Games with New Zealand as a fresh-faced 20-year-old who had yet to make a single appearance in the then Super 12. His inclusion in Gordon Tietjens' squad for the inaugural Rugby Sevens event was arguably the making of him.
The following year he made his Super Rugby bow with Auckland and, after spending a few seasons learning his trade, he was handed his All Blacks debut in 2004. The next three years were to be the most fruitful of Gear's career, with the incredibly quick winger notching 11 tries in just 19 appearances for his country.
During that period he also helped the Crusaders to back-to-back Super 12 titles, in 2005 and 2006 before leaving his homeland to join Worcester Warriors in England after being omitted from the All Blacks squad for the 2007 World Cup in France. Following the Warriors' relegation from the top flight in 2010, Gear joined Japan's Kintetsu Liners, for whom he still plays.