All Black #1079
All Black #1079
Gifted with rare athletic prowess Hosea Gear was recognised as one of the world’s most potent attacking weapons during the height of his illustrious career.
Weighing more than 105kg and blessed with speed and power, Gear played 14 Tests and scored six tries for the All Blacks between 2008 and 2012 and represented the Maori All Blacks in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Born in Gisborne, the younger brother of All Blacks sibling Rico, he was a try-scoring sensation in his youth and represented his province Poverty Bay while still attending Gisborne Boys’ High School.
A Junior World Champion with the New Zealand Under 21s in 2004, he repeated the feat with the All Blacks at the 2011 Rugby World Cup after being called into the squad during the tournament.
Gear tasted success at almost every level of the game and was a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist in 2010 when he played a key role in the All Blacks Sevens campaign in Delhi, India.
In addition to his national and international achievements, he represented North Harbour and Wellington at provincial level including scoring a league-leading 14 tries during the Wellington Lions 2008 season.
Gear scored 26 tries during 70 appearances for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby between 2004 and 2011 and represented the Highlanders (2012-13) and Chiefs (2015) before pursuing his professional career Japan and France.
New Zealand Representative Teams
All Blacks 2008-2012 (14 Tests)
Maori All Blacks 2004-2008
All Blacks Sevens 2010 (Delhi Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist)
New Zealand Under 21 in 2004-2005
New Zealand Under 19 in 2003.