Coles ruled out of Bledisloe opener

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles' frustrating season continues.

The world champions cruised to victory over their provincial opponents in Pukekohe, first crushing Taranaki 57-7 and then Counties 49-0.

Coles has had an injury-plagued 2017 season with concussion symptoms, and only returned to the All Blacks for the pre-Bledisloe hit-out.

The 30-year-old was glad to get the extra running into his legs, particularly after a fortnight on the sidelines following his Hurricanes' Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

The Wallabies take on New Zealand on Saturday in Sydney, kicking off at 8pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Network Ten and via RUGBY.com.au SPORT.

"I'm sure there will be plenty more hard work that has to go into next week to get a performance we can be proud of".

"We threw the ball around and scored some tries but it's not going be that easy next week, that's for sure", he said. "He's a world-class player and whatever happens next week I'm sure he'll be ready to go if he gets a chance".

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