May 5, 2018 / 7:20 AM / 3 months ago

All Blacks hooker Coles to miss June series and Super Rugby

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Injured All Blacks and Wellington Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles will miss the June test series and the entire Super Rugby season and has tentatively targeted a return in New Zealand’s provincial championship, which runs from August to October.

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - New Zealand Press Conference - Swansea RFC, Wales - 15/10/15 New Zealand's Dane Coles during the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

The 31-year-old had a disappointing 2017, missing the British and Irish Lions series because of mysterious concussion symptoms and limping out of the November tour with a cruciate ligament injury sustained against France in Paris.

Coles has been on the recovery trail since surgery in December and even if he is now running with the help of a knee brace, he thinks he will only get back on the field for his Wellington province in New Zealand’s second tier competition.

“It’s getting there. It’s taken a bit of time but I’m just taking it week by week. She’s a long job the ACL,” he told Saturday’s New Zealand Herald.

“There’s no way I’ll be playing Super Rugby so hopefully it’s in the Mitre 10 Cup window. I’m not sure of the exact date yet. Once I get the confidence up in my running we’ll have a bit more of an idea.”

Coles also struggled with calf and rib problems early last year as well as the recurrent concussion symptoms.

First choice in the All Blacks number two shirt since 2014, he is desperate to get back on the field in plenty of time to secure his place in the New Zealand squad for next year’s World Cup title defence in Japan.

“It’s been a pretty crap couple of years with the injuries. I learned a lot out of the concussion and at least with this I know there’s going to be a return,” he added.

“The concussion was unknown. I know if I put the work in I’ll be back playing footy. It’s been frustrating but hopefully, I get a few more years at the end of my career.

“There’s massive motivation to get back and play for the Hurricanes and then the World Cup. That’s driving me at the moment.”

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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