Rugby: 'Sign me up' - Dane Coles welcomes extended All Blacks getaway

The All Blacks certainly don't need to worry about Dane Coles' availability for the extended Australian leg of the Rugby Championship later.

This week, the approximately nine-week trip across the Tasman to play the annual southern hemisphere competition has been a hot topic, particularly in the case of those All Blacks who either have young families or whose partners are expecting a child.

In fact, Coles says he'd welcome the respite from his hectic home life.

"Sign me up, I've got three kids," Coles laughs. "I will be on that first plane out of here."

Jokes aside, Coles admits the time away will be a challenge, but it simply part and parcel of his responsibility as a professional rugby player.

"It is our job," he says. "We have got to go over there and play for the black jersey and sometimes it takes a bit of sacrifice. 

"NZ Rugby do it really well, making sure our families back home are looked after and we have got good support and that makes it a bit easier.

"It is a little bit longer [away] but if you have got to do it, you have got to do it. I am definitely putting my hand up to go over there and play for the All Blacks."

But Coles insists he wouldn't cast judgement on any player who decides the burden is too great to bear.

"You can understand their predicament … that is a personal thing, they will be talking to their families and wives and make the best decision for themselves. 

"I can’t speak for them but as their mate they have got my support whatever decision they make."

As for his more immediate on-field prospects, Coles hopes to be cleared from his calf injury in time for Wellington's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury in Christchurch on October 3.

But the 33-year-old can't help but look ahead to some international rugby, and next month's Sunday afternoon Bledisle Cup tests against Australia are tantalising, to say the least.

"It is awesome," Coles says. "You saw what kind of benefits that had during Super Rugby. It is like the old days. 

"Any rugby, especially All Blacks footy, at the moment would be pretty good."