Hosea Gear has revealed that combination of family, a Super Rugby title and the Rugby World Cup all inspired his return to New Zealand.
The powerhouse winger has signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs, returning to Super Rugby after time in France with Toulouse and then in Japan.
Set to light up a remodelled back division alongside Sonny Bill Williams and Semi Tamanivalu, Gear saw the chance to join the Chiefs as a huge opportunity.
“There are a few factors that brought me back, and rugby is definitely one of them,” Gear told Stuff.
“I wanted to bring my young family back home as well, get them to learn the culture a little bit more and obviously be closer to family as well.”
“I’d love to win a Super Rugby title, so I thought coming to the Chiefs would give me a good opportunity to do that.
“I was fortunate the coaches took me on board, and now I’m purely committed to giving everything to the team.”
Making the squad for the Rugby World Cup remains the goal in the distance for Gear, who feels he is a better player for his time abroad in France and Japan.
“That’s every New Zealand rugby player’s dream, and it’s still one of mine and was a big motivating factor to come back,” added Gear.
“I’d like to think I’m coming back a better player, more so mentally than anything else. Just the experience of playing long seasons has definitely helped me along.”