All Blacks hooker extends New Zealand contract

All Blacks and Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has recommitted to New Zealand Rugby and his Super Rugby team, inking a deal through to 2023.

Coles’ re-signing is a major announcement for both organisations, with the 34-year-old a hugely influential figure in the national game.  He has played 74 Tests since his debut in 2012 and more than 120 games for the Hurricanes.

‘I’m so grateful to be playing the game I love, and grateful for the opportunity to continue with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby,’ Coles said.

‘The Hurricanes have been loyal to me, I’m a “one club” man, so to continue my career with them will be awesome.

‘I’m also looking forward to giving myself a chance to again play for the All Blacks.  It’s a huge honour to play for that team and I never take my opportunities in the black jersey for granted.’

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster welcomed the news that Coles had re-signed.

‘It’s fantastic to have “Colesy” recommit to New Zealand,’ Foster said.

‘He’s such an influential player in our team: he’s a world-class player, an inspiration to his teammates and we love his straightforward honesty. On behalf of the All Blacks, we want to congratulate him and wife Sarah on his decision.’

Coles made his Test debut in 2012 against Scotland and was a member of the 2015 World Cup-winning side. He captained the Hurricanes to their first Super Rugby title in 2016, and was a nominee for the New Zealand and World Rugby Player of the Year awards that year. He was also nominee for All Blacks Player of the Year in 2020.

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