NZ Rugby congratulates Hosea Gear on reaching 100

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Gear, 29, made his Investec Super Rugby debut in Hurricanes colours against the Chiefs in 2004. Since switching to the Highlanders in 2012 remarkably, he has started every game for them in the number 11 jersey.

The 14-Test All Blacks winger made his 100th appearance in the competition in a fast-paced southern derby against the Crusaders tonight that saw him squeak inside the touch line for his 37th try in Super Rugby and his sixth try this year. The Crusaders won the match 40-12.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew congratulated Gear on his milestone match.

“It is a special achievement to have played 100 matches in this competition and Hosea has contributed a lot of excitement to the game. We congratulate Hosea as he now joins a special group of players to reach this milestone,” he said.

Highlanders’ Head Coach Jamie Joseph paid tribute to Gear’s development into a world-class player and professional athlete.

“I have seen Hosea develop into one of the best players in the world in his position. He is one of the hardest workers both on and off the field. He always brings a professional approach to the Highlanders team environment and is highly respected by all the guys. Our team would like to congratulate him for reaching this remarkable milestone.”

Highlanders' General Manager Roger Clark also congratulated Hosea on reaching 100 games in Super Rugby.

"Hosea is a remarkable player and a strong leader within our team. He has always done his talking on the field and led by example and this season has been one of his best. On behalf of the Highlanders I would like to congratulate Hosea on reaching 100 Super games".

New Zealand Rugby Vice President David Rhodes presented Gear with a special greenstone mere, New Zealand Rugby’s gift to all Super Rugby centurions.

Gear is the third Highlander to make 100 matches this year along with Brad Thorn and Chris King, and they join the proud list of centurion Highlanders including Anton Oliver, Jimmy Cowan, and Tony Brown.