Tue, 18 May 2021

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles signed a contract extension on Monday to keep playing for the three-time world champions until the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Coles was part of the All Blacks side to lift the Webb Ellis trophy in 2015 and the 34-year-old said he wanted add to his 74 Test caps.

"It's a huge honour to play for that team and I never take my opportunities in the black jersey for granted," he said.

Coach Ian Foster said retaining the front-rower was "fantastic news" for his team.

"He's such an influential player in our team: he's a world-class player, an inspiration to his team-mates and we love his straightforward honesty," he said.

Coles will also remain with his Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.

Source: News24

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