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Changing Gear

Hosea Gear is looking forward to the challenge of coaching Ngati Porou East Coast in the Heartland competition after a successful playing career in his home country and overseas.

The former All Black announced yesterday on the NPEC rugby union Facebook page that he was “proud and excited” to have been signed as the Sky Blues’ new head coach, with Morgan Wirepa jr his assistant.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back home, getting stuck in and working with our clubs and tamariki (children) and just helping out wherever I can,” said Gear, who played 15 tests for New Zealand, was capped 15 times by the Maori All Blacks and won a sevens gold medal for New Zealand at the 2010 Comonwealth Games.

Gear featured on the front page of yesterday’s Herald but a technical issue resulted in a number of copies going out to the public missing the front page headline “Coming Home — Gear to coach the Coast” and the start of a story that continued on page 3.

The problem was rectified for most of the issues distributed. Apologies for the confusion this may have caused for those who got copies without the front page words.

Gear, the younger brother of former All Black Rico Gear, scored six test tries including this one in a 60-0 flogging of Ireland in Hamilton in 2012.

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