1 Jun 2013

Gear could finish career back in NZ

6:57 am on 1 June 2013

The departing All Blacks wing Hosea Gear has suggested he will end his rugby career in New Zealand.

Gear has signed a two year deal with the French Top 14 side, Toulouse, and will join the club after completing the Super Rugby season with the Highlanders.

The 29-year-old, who played 14 tests for the All Blacks, says he's making the move to allow him more financial security and the chance to spend more time with his young family.

However he says he may be back in New Zealand sooner than expected.

He says he has some flexibility in his contract so he could be in France for just one season, and he says he loves playing in New Zealand and the support.

Gear will start on the left wing for the Highlanders against the Blues on Saturday night, while All Blacks team-mates Ma'a Nonu and Aaron Smith have been dropped to the bench.