17 Jun 2014

Rico Gear returns vs Highlanders

3:53 pm on 17 June 2014

Former All Blacks wing Rico Gear's making a one-off return as a player, named in the NZ Barbarians side to take on the Highlanders on Friday at Invercargill's Rugby Park.

Gear's in a cosmopolitan squad made up of 10 Southland players, three Highlanders squad members, six players from the remainder of the South Island, two players from the North Island and three Japanese players from the club Panasonic.

Southland head coach Brad Mooar will take charge of the Barbarians.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has named a strong side as they gear up for their final regular season home game next Friday against the Chiefs in Dunedin.


Props: Kane Hames, Chris King, Ma'afu Fia and Scott Manson

Hookers: Liam Coltman and Ged Robinson

Locks: Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis, Tom Franklin and Joey Wheeler

Loose Forwards: Lee Allan, TJ Ioane, John Hardie and Elliot Dixon

Halfback: Frae Wilson and Scott Eade

First-five Eighths: Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker

Midfield/outside backs: Jason Emery, Shaun Treeby, Phil Burleigh, Winston Stanley, Jayden Spence, Richard Buckman, Gavin Stark and Trent Renata

NZ Barbarians:

Props: Alex Hodgman, JP Keon, Morgan Mitchell and Ross Geldenhuys

Hookers: Brayden Mitchell and David Hall

Locks: Alex Ainley, Michael Fatialofa, You Youngman and Craig Smith

Loose Forwards: Gareth Evans, John Dampney and Bill Fukofuka

Halfback: Toby Morland, Nick Ealey

First-five Eighths: Willie Ripia and Broc Hooper

Midfield/outside Backs: Rico Gear, Tei Walden, Willis Halahalo, Yasutaka Sasakura, Keanu Kuhukura, Jamie Verran and Bryan Milne

Head Coach - Brad Mooar, Assistant Coaches - Hoani McDonald and Clarke Dermody and Managers - Leicester Rutledge and Mike Mannix