Gear joins All Black exodus

All Black and Crusader wing Rico Gear has added his name to the list of players who are likely to be playing for northern hemisphere clubs after the World Cup.

The 29-year-old’s contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) expires at the end of the season, and he told New Zealand newspaper The Press that his future most probably lies north.

“I think it’s probable — definitely probable, so we’ll just see what happens,” he said.

“There might be a couple of options. I’m no closer to a decision yet but as soon as one comes around I would like to get it out there and over and done with.”

Gear would join the likes of Aaron Mauger, Byron Kelleher and Sam Tuitupou in leaving New Zealand rugby after the World Cup.

Luke McAlister has been linked with French club Toulouse, and Chris Jack is expected to sign with Saracens of England, while Carl Hayman is considering a massive offer from Newcastle.

Worrying for the All Blacks is the youth of players leaving – no longer are players leaving for an end-of-career sojourn. Offers north are becoming fully-fledged career moves.


365 Digital

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