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All Blacks legend Dane Coles to retire at end of the year

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The All Blacks hooker has confirmed the 2023 season will be his last in professional rugby.

Coles played 17 seasons in top level rugby, for Wellington, the Hurricans, Maori All Blacks and All Blacks.

His early career started at Paraparaumu College, Wellington College, and the Poneke FC. With 84 tests he is third most capped hooker in All Blacks history, behind Keven Mealamu (132) and Sean Fitzpatrick (92). With 100 test points he is third equal with Ardie Savea for most points scored by an All Blacks forward in tests.

In a statement published on the allblacks.com website, Coles thanked Poneke FC, Wellington, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks ‘for giving me my dream job. I’m looking forward to enjoying the year and creating some new memories.’

 

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