Rico Gear

As of August 31, 2010 National: June 30, 2007

Rico Levi Gear ( born February 26, 1978 in Gisborne ) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He is a specialist right outer three-quarters, but can also take on the inner three-quarter positions.


Gear was taught in the Gisborne Boys' High; after which he studied for two years at Massey University anthropology, with a focus on culture and language of Māori. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he played 7- rugby and won with the New Zealand team the gold medal.

In 1997 he made ​​his debut in the Province Rugby, where he played for Poverty Bay against King Country. Since then he has played for several provincial teams: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, North Harbour, Nelson Bays and Tasman. He made his 1999 Super 12 debut for the Blues against the Queensland Reds. He also had a contract with the Highlanders, but his career was only really going when he went to the Crusaders at the end of the 2004 season. Gear completed for the Crusaders every game in the 2005 season, twelve as an outer three-quarter and one as an inner three-quarters and put it 15 attempts for the Super 12 champion in 2005. Moreover, he was also Super 12 Player of the Year and "Memorial Māori Player " of the year.

Gear made ​​his international debut on 10 July 2004 in a game against the Pacific Islanders, in which he also scored a try. He then played several times against the British and Irish Lions during their tour to New Zealand in 2005. He was in the Super 14 season in 2006, a strain outer three-quarters (No. 14) of the Crusaders. Gear has a younger brother named Hosea, who plays as a winger quarter for Wellington and the Hurricanes. He is also in 2008 also became a New Zealand national team.

Gear has signed a three year contract with the English club Worcester Warriors and played after the end of the World Cup 2007 in the Guinness Premiership for Worcester Warriors. In 2010, he moved to Japan to the Kintetsu Liners.


  • Games in the Super 12 / Super 14: 68
  • Points in the Super 12 / Super 14: 165 (33 tests)
  • Super 12 - champion with the Crusasers: 2005
  • International Caps: 19
  • Points in international matches: 55 (11 attempts)
  • Winner Tri Nations 2005