Gear stays due to unfinished All Blacks business

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James Mortimer     28 May 2012     Getty Images

Gear revealed at the media conference where he and Hika Elliot were added to the squad, that he had all but signed a contract to play rugby in Japan, but revealed that a phone call to older brother and 19-test All Black Rico made him change his mind.

Rico asked his younger brother if he felt he had accomplished everything he wanted with the All Blacks.

“I had pretty much sorted myself, I was ready to go. It was feedback from him from his time in the All Blacks. He asked the question am I satisfied with what I've achieved in the All Black jersey?” the younger Gear said.

“And the answer was no."

“I had to look inside myself and ask the question ‘ am I fulfilled with what I've achieved in the black jersey?’ The answer was no so that made my decision a little bit easier.”

With Cory Jane ruled out with an ankle injury, and World Cup winning wing Richard Kahui out with a shoulder concern, the All Blacks were always going to call up another back.

Effectively it appeared to be down to Gear or boom Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said there were enough utility style players, so the Highlanders wing had been called up due to the fact he was a specialist.

Hansen also admitted earlier in the week that priority selections were going to be with players who had a commitment to New Zealand rugby, and Gear said he understood the statement.

“I understand the reasoning behind it,” he said.

“Obviously you don't want to invest in someone that's not going to be around. With the amount of talent we have going around at the moment that's understandable.”

“For me it was just I wanted to have another crack.”