Hosea Gear is all set to return to his home back in New Zealand once his contract with the French side Toulouse comes to an end. The Kiwi, who has played 14 Tests for the All Blacks, recently held a press conference at Dunedin, where he made it clear that he is still extremely keen to make the squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and if that means he has to come home, then he will do just that.
He mentioned that he made the decision the night before the press conference, adding that it was one of the most difficult decisions he had made in his career. He further mentioned that there were quite a few factors that made his decision and mentioned his family as a huge deciding factor. Gear mentioned that to gain some financial security for his family was one of the key reasons for him in taking the decision. He further mentioned that being in and out of the All Blacks squad and not being able to nail down a place ahead of the Rugby World Cup also prompted him to take the step.
But Gear is still uncertain whether his decision to play rugby in France has led to his chances fading to make the squad for the upcoming three Test series friendly against France. Steve Tew, the chief executive officer of the New Zealand Rugby Union has also confirmed the pending departure of Gear.
Gear made his international debut for the All Blacks in 2008 and other than winning the 14 caps, he has also played for the likes of the Highlanders, and Hurricanes and hopes that these experiences will be taken into account as Steve Harper puts together a squad capable enough of retaining the Rugby World Cup in 2015 in England.