November 13, 2017 / 5:33 AM / a year ago

All Blacks' Coles out for up to six months with knee injury

FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs New Zealand - Stade de France, Paris, France - November 11, 2017. New Zealand’s Dane Coles scores a try. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

(Reuters) - New Zealand and Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has been ruled out for up to six months due to a serious knee injury sustained in the All Blacks’ 38-18 win over France last Saturday.

The 30-year-old, who has 56 caps for the All Blacks, scored his team’s first try at the Stade de France but was replaced by Codie Taylor shortly after and the world champions said that Coles had ruptured his knee ligament.

“Dane Coles is to return home after rupturing his ACL... head coach Steve Hansen says he will require an operation with likely four to six month recovery,” the All Blacks said on their official Twitter account.

Coles previously missed the All Blacks’ tests against the British and Irish Lions earlier this year due to concussion symptoms.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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