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I thought the whole point of internationals was to select the best players from each country in order to see which team was the best, if you start picking players from other countries why not pick the best 17 Aussies and kiwis that can't get in to their own national sides and who play and live over here.
First you need to decide what sort of bike to get. If it is just going to be riding on roads then either a road bike or hybrid will be best. If you fancy a bit of off road then a mountain bike or cyclocross bike will be best. If you really aren't sure go to your local bike shop and talk to them about it. Ask for advice and to take a bike you fancy for a spin. If they aren't helpful or try and flog you one you aren't sure of walk away. Any decent shop should also give you a bike fitting which is essential.
Once you know the type of bike you want and the size, either buy from the LBS (you should give them your custom if they have been helpful) or if not my advice would be to buy second hand. You can get some great deals on eBay or gumtree for a fraction of the price of a new bike. If you are buying new now is the time to do it as the shops will be trying to get rid of their 2014 stock.
Bike fitting is an art in itself. A rough rule of thumb is that you should be able to straddle the top tube with both feet flat on the ground with about and inch between the top tube and your groin (although different frame designs may mean the gap may be a little bit more). The main mistake I see with cyclists is incorrect saddle height. With the ball of your foot over the pedal axel, the leg should have a slight bend at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Most people I see have their saddles set too low. The only way you'll really know if a bike fits is to ride it.
As for gears if you have the choice try and get a good range of gear ratios. Hybrids and mountain bikes typically come with triple chainsets (front cogs) whereas cyclocross and road bikes come with doubles. The former will be fine for hilly terrain but If you do opt for the latter, go for a compact chainset (36/50 tooth chainring) and around an 11/28 or even a 11/30 tooth cassette (rear cogs). That should give you enough range to tackle hills.
Thanks for the info. After height and inside leg measurements it looks like a 62cm bike frame would best suit me but what really confuses me are the gears or speeds! Some bikes are 10 speed some are 2x10 speed and others are 3x10 speed, as I've said before where I live is rural and hilly with numerous fells within a short distance and when chatting to cyclists they talk about "low gears" for tackling fells. My main worry would be paying a lot of money for a bike that didn't have the low gears to tackle these steep hills and fells as that would be a challenge I'd like to try in cycling these fells when experienced.