Coles pens new NZRU, Hurricanes deal

Date published: June 5 2015

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has committed himself the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby, signing on with both organisations until the end of 2019.

Coles made his debut for the Hurricanes against the Waratahs back in 2009, and has since played 76 matches for the Wellington-based franchise.

The 28-year-old said playing for the All Blacks and Hurricanes was all he’d ever wanted to do, and representing the two teams was still at the forefront of his mind.

“I’m definitely not at the stage where I want to head overseas yet," he told the Hurricanes' official website.

"Both teams mean a huge deal to me and I really want to play for a club, and team, that I have that strong connection with.

“My family and friends are also close by which is still important to me, and so I’m just thankful for the opportunity both New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes have given me to stay on.”

Coles said he liked the way the Hurricanes were heading at the moment, and wasn’t ready to give up being a part of that just yet.

“We’ve got some awesome young guys coming through, so I’d really like to contribute in some way to help them reach their full potential for the club to continue on being successful,” he added.

Hurricanes forwards coach Richard Watt said having Coles sign on in New Zealand was a huge boost for both organisations.

“Colesy is an awesome signing for the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby," he said.

"It’s also a great reward for a guy who’s put in a lot of hard work to get where he is as the number one hooker in the country.

“He’ll be part of a Hurricanes team that will hopefully kick on from this year and have some real success over the next few years, and there’s no doubt his signing will be a huge part of that happening.”