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Hosea Gear: France will be different to June team

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Sportal.co.nz     09 Nov 2013     Getty Images

Gear, who plays for Toulouse in the French Top 14 competition said the French would be in different physical shape compared to the tour when they had just finished a demanding season.

He told L'Equipe that while France had been tired on the tour, he didn't think the same would apply to New Zealand at the end of their year.

"Steve Hansen [coach] did a very good job in distributing the time among players during the Rugby Champlionship. He makes sure that whoever is going to play is fully ready for the task.

"Physical preparation of the All Blacks is one of his strengths," Gear said.

While the World champions had only lost one game since the World Cup, [against England last year] they were not invincible, no-one was, Gear said.

"It is not the habit of the All Blacks to lose, but the whole purpose to their game is to be better than yesterday. Even when you win a game you look for ways to do it better.

"That is what makes the All Blacks so strong," he said.

Gear said he was looking forward to the game, with several Toulouse team-mates in the French side.

While the All Blacks were favourites they knew France were always capable of producing the unexpected.

"I have never forgotten the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup in 2007 when they came out of nowhere to win the match. Nobody in New Zealand has forgotten that game, even though we got our revenge in the last final [which New Zealand won 8-7 in 2011].

"While New Zealand supporters expect the All Blacks to win, the players and the coaches know that the game will be hard," he said.