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Silver Fern still a magnet for Hosea Gear

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Lynn McConnell     06 Feb 2015     Getty Images

Thankful for the Chiefs management for taking him on, he said he was totally committed to giving everything to the team.

His All Blacks aspirations had not diminished.

"Being an All Black is every young player's dream, it's still one of mine and it was definitely a motivating factor in coming back," he said.

With Julian Savea, a player he had seen growing up in Wellington, safely ensconced on the left wing he specialises in he said he had played on the right wing and even in the mid-field during his overseas stints.

"I'm pretty happy with anywhere," he said.

"Every year is a battle [for places in the side], every year is a challenge and this year is no different. We've got some great wingers in the side so again it is a challenge for me just to get a spot on the field," he said.

Gear, who had stints in Toulouse and Japan, said he was enjoying being back in an environment where English was the first language. What language he did pick up tended to be in relation to moves required on the field of play in both countries.

"It was a satisfying time away. I learnt a lot and hopefully I can use some of those tools back here to help me and help some of the boys as well," he said.

It wasn't only rugby reasons that brought him home, he has three young children, and he wanted to bring them up in New Zealand not only to learn the culture but also to be close to family.

Gear felt the professionalism around rugby in New Zealand was a step up from what he had experienced overseas. And he found that younger players were better equipped for professional play than when he left.

"So it has been really good coming back into that sort of environment which they haven't quite got overseas yet."

He felt he returned a better player, especially in regard to the mental side of his game while a step in that was learning to cope with the long seasons overseas.

The reason for opting with the Chiefs came down to closer proximity to his family base in Gisborne and he was hopeful that would make it easier for family members, including two grandmothers who have never been to one of his games, to watch him play.

"I've heard a lot about the culture, the environment, great coaching staff so it just seems like a perfect fit for me," he said.

And dealing with the more physical style of play of Super Rugby was something he was looking forward to, and he admitted it was part of the game he missed in Japan.

He was looking forward to linking with Sonny Bill Williams.

"He creates a lot of space with his off-loading skills for guys so it is just a matter of adjusting and reading off him and trying to get your combinations right," he said.