Hosea Gear is back in New Zealand and is keeping a close eye on the All Black jersey.
Gear has signed on with the Chiefs for season 2015.
Fronting the media at Auckland Airport this morning, the former All Black said he is excited about the prospect of playing rugby back in his native New Zealand this season.
Gear believes that the increased level of physicality of the game that Super Rugby brings will be something that is a cut above what was on offer during his time overseas.
Gear has had stints in France and Japan applying his trade, playing for the Honda Heat in the Japanese league and Toulouse in French rugby.
Gear described the level of professionalism in rugby on these shores as being much higher.
“I learnt a lot being away and hopefully I can use some of those tools back here to help me and help some of the boys as well.”
When asked about a want to return to the All Blacks, Gear responded by saying he does indeed have his sights set on a chance to represent the All Blacks at the World Cup.
“I suppose that is every rugby players dream and is still one of mine. It was a motivating factor to come back”.
One thing Gear won’t bring to the Chiefs is a lack of experience and confidence in his game.
Gear has a lot of Super Rugby experience already in New Zealand, including 70 caps with the Hurricanes and a couple of years at the Highlanders.