Clermont bring in All Black wing

Date published: June 15 2015

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Hosea Gear will make his return to the Top 14 next season after it was confirmed that he will be joining Clermont.

The former All Black winger spent a season with Toulouse after joining as a medical joker, but returned to New Zealand to try to make the World Cup squad.

However he wasn't able to do enough for the Chiefs this season and has therefore signed a deal through to 2017 with les Jaunards.

He joins Flip van der Merwe, Scott Spedding, David Strettle, Adrien Planté and Camille Gérondeau in joining the club and will be the final signing of the off-season.

All that remains is the case of Waisake Naholo, who signed a pre-contract but since then the NZRU have been putting pressure on Clermont to release him so that he can remain in New Zealand.

Clermont's statement indicates that he could yet be on his way to France, as they await his definitive commitment.

"We're very pleased to finish our recruitment with someone who is as talented and ambitious as Hosea Gear," said sporting director Jean-Marc Lhermet.

"He's a very experienced player with over 100 Super Rugby games and 14 All Black caps. He knows the championship and its demands.

"His arrival will reinforce our squad and he should be very complementary with other players in the squad. He's a real competitor who combines power and speed, as he's shown in the last few weeks in Super Rugby at the Chiefs and we can't wait to see him wear our colours."

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