Hansen welcomes dogfight between Savea and Gear
James Mortimer 05 Oct 2012 Getty Images
Hansen said he was not being dropped, but was being advised to focus on what had happened in the 22-year-old's big year so far.
"Julian has played really well but he's a young player and we felt he's had enough pressure on him," Hansen said.
"It's a good time to let him step back out of the caldron to have a wee breather and evaluate what he has achieved. He'll come back in sooner than later probably."
With two powerful wingers at his disposal, Hansen now said it was time for Gear to step up, as he had done before.
"Important for H (Gear) now to step in and step up and he did that last time we did this," he said.
"He played particularly well against Ireland, probably had one of his better tests so I'm expecting him to have a big game. He's itching to get out there and I think he'd like to play the game today."
Most popular News:
Pryor relishes chance to step up30.Jan.2015
The Tight Five: Senior pros to watch during Investec Super Rugby30.Jan.2015
Tana Umaga recalls Rico Gear30.Jan.2015
Seven players to watch during the Wellington Sevens30.Jan.2015
Seven reasons we love Sevens30.Jan.2015
Chiefs start preseason with Blues scalp29.Jan.2015