Dane Coles

In 2014 Dane Coles cemented his reputation as a starter with a series of impressive appearances against more experienced opponents; an appropriate reward for a player who had been turning in high-quality work since his first class debut as a 20-year-old in 2007. His strength, mobility and speed have helped to redefine the qualities required for a modern international front rower, with an ability to break through tackles and flat foot defenders that sets him apart. He is a fan favourite for Wellington and the Hurricanes, where he turns in regular captain’s performances, leading from the front.

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.

Coles made his first-class debut in 2007 and has also pulled on a black jersey for New Zealand Under 21 and for the Maori All Blacks in that team’s 2010 Centenary Series. He is one of the Hurricanes’ most popular players, with strong ties to community rugby in New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington.

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

  • Career notes:
    All Blacks (2012-current)
    Maori All Blacks (2010)
    New Zealand Under 20 (2007)
    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 (-)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (-)
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16 (+)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (-)

25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20 (-)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (-)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13 (-)
20 Sep vs Argentina at London 26-16 (-)
2 Oct vs Georgia at Cardiff 43-10 (-)
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9 (-)
17 Oct vs France at Cardiff 62-13 (-)
24 Oct vs South Africa at London 20-18 (-)
31 Oct vs Australia at London 34-17 (-)