Dane Coles

All Blacks hooker named Wellingtonian of the Year

 The award was announced in Wellington on Thursday night.

Coles led the Hurricanes to the Super Rugby title this year, ending 21 winless years for the Wellington based franchise.

Coles, 29, was also a member of the All Blacks 2015 World Cup winning side and is currently away with the side on their end of year European tour.

Coles and Hurricane and All Black teammate Beauden Barrett are also among the contenders for the World Rugby Player of the Year, with the winner to be announced in London.

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Signs not good for Coles

RNZ reports Coles, who came off in the his side's quarter final win over the Sharks last weekend with a rib injury has been bracketed in the starting lineup with Ricky Riccitelli

He took little part in the Hurricanes training today and avoided any contact work.

Coles has been bracketed with Ricky Riccitelli in an otherwise unchanged Hurricanes starting lineup which means All Black winger Julian Savea remains in the reserves, with Jason Woodward again starting on the left wing.