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Coles hoping to be the next long term All Blacks hooker

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James Mortimer     03 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has been called into the squad, the one rising rake who All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted "we still don't know that much about".

Certainly the head coach has information on the 25-year-old, the only new face in Hansen's recently selected 28-man squad, but not compared to Mealamu, Hore, Corey Flynn and Hika Elliot - hookers who the All Blacks selectors have been familiar with over recent seasons.

Coles has been earmarked as a player for the future, and while the hooker admits to being somewhat star-struck, he said he was just taking it in.

"It's been pretty special, to be honest," he said.

"Just to get into this environment, and see how the boys work things and do things, I'm just very happy to be here for a couple of days."

Coles said he wanted to remain within the All Blacks frame, and while there was a chance he might not make the final squad for the Investec Rugby Championship, he felt he could target the tour to Europe at year's end.

"I'll definitely be trying to target the end-of-year tour," he said.

"I've just got to have a good ITM Cup and hopefully things go my way.  I'd love to be here (within the All Blacks camp) fulltime,  that's my dream."

Coles has that treasured aspect of being a hooker who likes to run with the ball, as did a young Mealamu, while Hore is renowned as a rake who loves to burrow up the field in tight quarters.

The Hurricanes hooker felt his skills were an advantage.

"I like to get my hands on the ball, but that's up to the coaches to decide. I'm just happy I got consistent gametime," he said.

"The way they do things here, they like the hookers to get the ball and I like getting my hands on the ball, so I'll just keep doing that."