The exciting Dane Coles has enjoyed a steady rise through the New Zealand ranks since his explosive debut for his provincial side Wellington in 2007. Coles represents the new breed of forward, with pace and dynamism to rival most centres in world rugby.
The Canes man has been a solid performer in Super Rugby, regularly turning in eye catching performances in the yellow jersey, which include his now trademark galloping runs to showcase his electrifying pace.
Born on the Kapiti Coast, Coles represented the New Zealand under 19s and the New Zealand Maori, before finally making his test debut against Scotland in 2011, coming off the bench in a 51-22 victory.
Coles was included in a six-man shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year 2016.
The All Blacks hooker is the epitome of the modern-day front row, with his strength, speed and mobility often seeing him in attacking positions to finish off flowing moves.
Coles led the Hurricanes to a maiden Super Rugby title in 2016.
During the 2017 Super Rugby season, Coles has only lined out on 4 occasions for the Hurricanes as a string of injuries including concussion-type symptoms continue to keep him sidelined.
Steve Hansen has remained hopeful, naming the 49-times capped hooker in his squad for the three-Test tour against the Lions, but he failed to recover in time.
Coles had a disrupted 2017 season due to concussion, but returned for the Hurricanes in the playoffs and brought up his 100th cap in the semi-final against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Coles is primed to lead the Hurricanes again in 2018. He is a ball-running hooker who has revolutionised his position on the international stage.
He took his All Black test cap tally to 55 by the end of 2017 and has scored 9 international tries.
Coles failed to return from his injury during the 2018 Super Rugby season but was included in the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad.
Coles heads into the 2018 Rugby Championship with 56 test caps.
Ahead of the 2018 November International, Coles has obtained 56 test caps.
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