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The best winger in the world signs with the Highlanders


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2011, Super Rugby on 5 Sep 2011 at 06:46
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I am prone to exaggeration but I firmly believe the Highlanders have just signed the best winger in the world – Hosea Gear.

Gear visited our beautiful city (Dunedin) late last season to see if his new family structure would fit, and by all accounts it does – result!

Jamie Joseph and co. deserve a hearty pat on the back for a huge coup.

”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 in confirming the signing.

When Gear missed All Black selection the chance of seeing him in New Zealand let alone Dunedin looked next to impossible.

But, Gear has signed and with it another nail is hammered into the Hurricanes chances for 2012.

Gear, 27, follows Ma’a Nonu (Blues), Andrew Hore (Highlanders), Piri Weepu (Blues) and Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) out of the 2011 Hurricanes.

Coach Mark Hammett’s decision not to re-sign Nonu and Hore is now starting to look like it has back-fired.

On a positive note however for Wellingtonians was the news last week when All Black Cory Jane confirmed he was staying with the Hurricanes next year.

Gear is a marquee signing for the Highlanders, providing an outside back that fans could only have dreamed about in years gone by.

If the Highlanders can find a centre then all of a sudden they finally will have a side.

The southern forwards have always held their own and have often wondered in the past what was the point of giving it to their backs as they always seemed to lack direction and fire-power.

Now however, with the likes of Jimmy Cowan, Colin Slade, Hosea Gear and Ben Smith in their back division things could be on the improve.

Roll on the Super 15 – whoops let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.



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