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Coles blow for 'Canes

18th April 2013 08:13

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Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles on one knee

Ruled out: Dane Coles

The Hurricanes have been dealt a blow ahead of Friday's clash with the Force after hooker Dane Coles was ruled out with a fractured eye socket.

New Zealand front-row Coles had a scan after the training ground accident and is replaced by Motu Matu'u. Ash Dixon is on the replacements bench.

"It's disappointing for Colesy, but there is plenty more time in this competition. He is a positive guy and extremely hard-working. He can still do a heck of a lot for the team, even though he won't be involved in contact sessions, and we will be making the most of his experience and contribution," said head coach Mark Hammett.

Hurricanes (revised): 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Brad Shields, 6 Jack Lam, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 TJ Perenara, 21 Reynold Lee-Lo, 22 Andre Taylor.

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