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VIDEO: Hosea Gear's devastating score against Ireland up for Try of the Year
Here’s a nice confidence booster for you Keith Earls.

NEW ZEALAND WINGER Hosea Gear is one of four nominees for the International Rugby Players’ Association Try of the Year award.

The All Black’s score against Ireland, in June, was all pace and power and summed up the gulf in class between the sides.

With Ireland trailing 36-0 after 49 minutes, hooker Rory Best throw missed the back of the lineout and was quickly fed out to Conrad Smith in the New Zealand midfield.

The Wellington centre stepped inside Fergus McFadden, eluded Brian O’Driscoll and sets up Gear to propel himself down the left touchline.

Keith Earls, running a diagonal route, caught up with the flying winger but soon regretted it after getting the mother of all fend-offs. You can watch the try below.

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New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams took time out after the score to check on Earls’ health.

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The other nominees are Julian Savea [New Zealand], for his blistering try against Scotland two weeks ago, a sniping Bryan Habana [South Africa] against the All Blacks and a super score by Julien Malzieu [France] against Italy.

This quartet of tries was selected by a panel made up of All Blacks Test centurion Mils Muliaina, South Africa’s Try of the Year 2009 winner Jaque Fourie, former Shane Williams and Japan’s Daisuke Ohata.

You can watch all four tries here.

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