Dane Coles still hopeful for All Blacks

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 7:43PM
Dane Coles kicks off his Super Rugby campaign in Sydney. (Photo / Photosport)

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles is gearing up for a new season underneath a new coach.

Coles returns to the Super Rugby championship with a match against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

It will be the first match with new coach John Plumtree. Plumtree, former assistant coach, succeeded Chris Boyd at the end of the last season.

Coles told D'Arcy and Goran that Boyd was more laid back compared to Plumtree, who is more "intense".

"On that field, he has expectation of us working hard, he's made that known during pre-season."

At the same time, Coles says that Plumtree gives people the time of day and has done a good job of pitching the young and old players together.

Coles is still hopeful to one day return to the All Blacks, describing it as a "good challenge" to prove himself.

He is also looking at potential replacements for Sam Lousi.

The lock has been ruled out of a large part of the Super Rugby season with a pectoral injury.

Coles says Manawatu's Liam Mitchell has impressed him in the pre-season.

"He's just got a big engine, a big kick on him. That old school mentality of running around trying to hurt people. He's been good lately, he's the guy that stood out for me."

The Hurricanes start their campaign against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

 

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