Southern great Gary Seear dies

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Former All Black, Otago, and Southern RFC legend Gary Seear has passed away in Christchurch today after a long battle with illness. He was 65.

Gary was part of the strong Southern teams of the 70’s and 80’s who won many club championships. He was picked in the Premier team straight out of Bayfield HS as a lock, which was extremely unusual in those days of experienced, veteran forwards, Otago quickly saw his potential and he was selected to play for the province as a 19 year old. He went on to play 116 games for Otago as a lock or No 8.

For the All Blacks his mobility and lineout prowess allowed him to convert to a no 8 where he played all of his 12 test matches for the All Blacks. He played a total of 34 matches for the All Blacks from 1976-79.

The Southern Rugby Club offers our sincere condolences to Gary’s wife Julie and family.