Ex-All Blacks lock Gary Seear dies

All Blacks logo (File)
All Blacks logo (File)

Wellington - Gary Seear, an All Blacks lock and back-rower who kicked a long-distance penalty against France in Paris in 1977, has died.

He was 65. 

New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday that Seear's cause of death had not been released. 

Seear, who played 12 Tests among 34 matches for New Zealand, made his Test debut against France in a losing All Blacks performance in Toulouse in 1977.

The following week Seear kicked a penalty from 45m at Parc des Princes to contribute to a 15-3 All Blacks win. 

Seear first played for the All Blacks in South Africa in 1976, but had to wait a year for his Test debut.

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