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Hosea Gear leaves Hurricanes for Highlanders

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Article Published: Monday 5 September 2011|

Former All Black winger Hosea Gear has agreed to end his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and to play for the Highlanders.

Gear missed out on the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad which led to speculation that he would leave New Zealand Rugby.

Gear was part of the All Blacks end of year tour squad last year and was at the time called "the best winger in the world" by coach Graham Henry and also featured in the TriNations this year but failed to impress enough for a World Cup call up.

Instead of leaving New Zealand Rugby Gear has signed a one-year contract with the Dunedin-based franchise where he will be coached by his former New Zealand Maori coach Jamie Joseph.

"Despite missing out on the All Blacks for the World Cup, he is committed to wanting to get back into the All Blacks and is excited about bringing his family down here and playing for the team," Joseph told the Otago Daily Times.

"He had to make sure the town fitted him and the environment suited him."

"It was a big decision for him to make to come down here."

The move is yet another blow for the Hurricane who have lost Ma'a Nonu (Blues), Andrew Hore (Highlanders), Piri Weepu (Blues) and Aaron Cruden (Chiefs).


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