Dane Coles

Dane Coles is perfectly suited to the faster, more mobile nature of modern rugby. The dynamic hooker is never far from the action in any match and has quickly gained a reputation as an exciting, natural ball player with speed to burn. Fresh-faced Dane Coles literally burst on to the provincial scene in 2007, scoring two tries on debut off the bench for the Vodafone Wellington Lions against Otago late in the match, first crashing over from short range and then outpacing the cover defence in an electric run to the line from 40 metres out.

He had only been on the field for less than 30 seconds against Otago before scoring the first of his two tries and is only the second player after Steve Skinnon to score twice on championship debut for Wellington, Skinnon having done so against Taranaki in 1996.

Coles went on to make seven more appearances for the Lions in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup and scored one further try against Tasman as he continued to set pulses racing whenever the action came his way. These included runs off the bench in each of the last five games in place of an injured Tone Kopelani and also included game time in each of the three play-off matches against Southland, Canterbury and Auckland respectively.

Dane Coles has been recognised for the first time at national level with his inclusion in the New Zealand Under 21 squad in 2007.

In 2010 he was selected into the New Zealand Maori, and the hooker who cites Keven Mealamu as his idol will look to continue his rise through the local rugby ranks.

1.84m, 109kg
Test Debut:
v Scotalnd at Edinburgh, 11 Nov 2012
Test Points Breakdown:
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Career Comments

  • Career notes:

    Hurricanes Secondary Schools (2004)
    Wellington Secondary Schools (2004)
    Wellington College First XV (2004)
    Horowhenua Secondary Schools (2003)
    New Zealand Under 17 (2002)
    Horowhenua Under 16 (2001, 2002)

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22 (+)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10 (+)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (+)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (+)

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13 (-)
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16 (+)
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (+)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (+)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33 (+)
2 Nov v Japan at Tokyo 54-6 (-)
10 Nov v France at Paris 26-19 (+)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (+)
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22 (+)

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (-)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (-)
16 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 12-12 (-)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (-)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (-)
23 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27 (+)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (-)