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Henry piles pressure on winger Hosea Gear

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Article Published: Saturday 6 August 2011

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has put winger Hosea Gear under pressure by saying that he needs to find the form he showed last year when he called Gear the best winger in the world.

Gear is one of seven All Blacks changes to the starting line up and replaces Cory Jane who scored two tries against the Springboks last weekend.

All Black wing has become one of the most contested positions recently with Sitiveni Sivvivatu, Cory Jane and Zac Guildford all impressing in the two matches played already this season.

"He's got to come to it quick," said Henry told Stuff of Gear who will be playing in his eventh test on Saturday .

"He was outstanding at the end of last year - probably the best winger in the world.

"He's got a lot of attributes. So going into a big game without a buildup is a personal challenge for him."

"But he's played a lot of football and he should be ready mentally to do that.

"Hosea has trained well, he's looked sharp, it's just getting over that hump.

"This is an even bigger game and we're asking a lot of him. But the expectations are high."

When asked if Gear was facing as much pressure as Jane and Sivivatu who were not named in the original squad of 30 and are trying to play their way into the squad as injury replacements, Henry hedged his bets a little.

"Probably not, but once the other guys play well that reverses a bit," he said.

"He had an outstanding tour last year and scored a lot of tries against the odds. "

"We've got a lot of confidence in his ability to play at this level which we didn't always have.

"Then you get other guys in those positions playing well. Cory Jane couldn't have played better last week. So that adds pressure."

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