All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been ruled out for up to six months after suffering a serious knee injury against France on Saturday.
The All Blacks confirmed the 30-year-old suffered a raptured anterior cruciate knee ligament (ACL) injury.
Coles will return to New Zealand on Tuesday night, after the All Blacks’ midweek match against a French XV in Lyon.
UPDATE: Dane Coles is to return home after rupturing his ACL in last night’s Test win over France. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says he will require an operation with likely 4-6 month recovery.
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