22 Facts About Rico Gear


Rico Levi Gear was born on 26 February 1978 and is a former New Zealand rugby union player.

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Rico Gear was a specialist right wing but covered midfield positions.

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Rico Gear is the older brother of New Zealand winger Hosea Gear.

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In 1990 Rico Gear played for the Gisborne East Coast under 13 rugby league team.

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Rico Gear studied anthropology at Massey University with an emphasis on Maoridom and Maori language for two years.

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Rico Gear made his provincial debut in 1997, playing for Poverty Bay against King Country.

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Rico Gear has since played for provincial sides; Auckland, Bay of Plenty, North Harbour and Nelson Bays.

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Rico Gear made his Super 12 debut for the Auckland Blues in 1999 against the Queensland Reds.

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Rico Gear had a stint with the Highlanders, however his career really ignited when he went to the Crusaders at the end of the 2004 season.

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Rico Gear played every game in the 2005 season, for the Crusaders, and he scored 15 times for the 2005 champions.

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Rico Gear was named Rebel Sport Super 12 player of the Year and the Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year.

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Rico Gear was first choice right wing for the Crusaders in the 2006 Super 14 season.

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Rico Gear has a younger brother Hosea Rico Gear who played wing for the Chiefs.

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In June 2007 Rico Gear was signed by Guinness Premiership side Worcester Warriors.

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Rico Gear became one of the biggest signings in the club's long history after agreeing a three-year deal that kept him at Sixways until 2010.

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Rico Gear started his Warriors career with four tries in a match on his full debut – equalling the competition record – as Warriors punished Gran Parma and he continued to rack up the tries.

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Rico Gear scored one of the most memorable individual tries ever seen at Sixways Stadium with his solo stunner against Bucuresti and scored a breathtaking one-handed effort against Harlequins at The Stoop.

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Rico Gear made his international debut on 10 July 2004 in a match against the Pacific Islanders, where he scored a try.

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Rico Gear scored his first All Blacks hat-trick against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.

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Rico Gear won a Commonwealth Games gold medal when he was part of the New Zealand Sevens side and has World Cup Sevens medals.

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In spite of appearances in the All Blacks in the 2007 season, Rico Gear was omitted from the Rugby World Cup squad, announced on 22 July 2007.

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Rico Gear had lived in Gold Coast, Australia as a schoolboy coach, and married with Australian wife, Rebecca Miles, who was a professional basketball player, and 2 children, Isaiah and Ava.

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