Rugby: Dane Coles commits to All Blacks and Hurricanes, re-signs with NZ Rugby through 2023

Dane Coles has put pen to paper on a new deal with NZ Rugby, re-signing through until the end of 2023.

Coles, 34, has played 74 tests for the All Blacks, as well as more than 100 games for the Hurricanes, whom he captained to a maiden Super Rugby title in 2016.

"I'm so grateful to be playing the game I love, and grateful for the opportunity to continue with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby," Coles says.

"The Hurricanes have been loyal to me. I'm a 'one club' man, so to continue my career with them will be awesome.

"I'm also looking forward to giving myself a chance to again play for the All Blacks. It's a huge honour to play for that team and I never take my opportunities in the black jersey for granted."

All Blacks coach Ian Foster also welcomes Coles' signing on the dotted line, now seemingly likely to finish his playing career in New Zealand.

"It's fantastic news to have 'Colesy' recommit to New Zealand," Foster says. "He's such an influential player in our team - he's a world-class player, an inspiration to his teammates and we love his straightforward honesty. 

"On behalf of the All Blacks, we want to congratulate him and wife Sarah on his decision."

Coles' new contract will see him through until the end of the 2023 season, including the next Rugby World Cup, to be played in France.

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