THE EVER-POPULAR Dane Coles made his long-awaited return to the All Blacks for the 2018 Vista Northern Tour after being out for the season with knee and calf injuries.
With a remarkable array of skills and deceptive speed, Coles redefined the qualities required for a modern international front rower.
A fan favourite for Wellington and the Hurricanes, he captained the Hurricanes to their first Super Rugby title in 2016. That same year he was a nominee for the New Zealand and World Rugby Player of the Year awards.
Coles made his national debut for the New Zealand Under 19s in 2005, played for the New Zealand Under 21s and made his provincial debut for Wellington in 2007, and in 2010 joined the Māori All Blacks for all three matches in the team’s Centenary Series.
Coles continued his rehabilitation with the All Blacks during the Investec Rugby Championship last year and made his first appearance for 2018 for Wellington in their Mitre 10 Cup clash with Taranaki.
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