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Poneke: Dane Coles

Dane Coles celebrating with teammates moments after scoring a try in Poneke's 20-17 2012 Hardham Cup final win over OBU. Part-time Poneke hooker and frequent water boy when on Hurricanes duty, Coles has scored a try in each of his last four club outings in red and black colours.

Dane Coles’s elevation to the All Blacks for their 2012 end of year tour to Europe was a richly deserved for the dynamic hooker from the Kapiti Coast. Coles came off the bench to make his Test debut in New Zealand’s 51-22 against Edinburgh against Scotland. He went on to play in Test wins against Italy and Wales.

Coles also became Poneke's first All Black since Ofisa Junior Tonu'u in the 1990s.

Against the Chiefs in 2012, Dane Coles was the try-scorer in one of the Hurricanes’ most memorable wins, coming up with the ball after scoring their 84th minute match winner in their final game of the season. The try and resultant 28-25 win gave the Hurricanes hope for the playoffs before other last round games conspired against them.

Livewire hooker Coles has a habit of scoring memorable tries, scoring two tries in his Air New Zealand Cup debut in 2007 against Otago, and another in his first Super 14 game for the Hurricanes against the Waratahs in 2009.

Coles joined the Hurricanes for the first time in 2009 after two eye-catching seasons playing for the Vodafone Wellington Lions in the Air New Zealand Cup.

Fresh-faced Coles burst on to the NPC in 2007 with his brace of tries on debut off the bench for the Lions against Otago. While Coles’ stunning debut raised many eyebrows it surprised no one who’d been watching all season in Wellington after an outstanding year in which he also made the New Zealand U21s. He was named Wellington rugby’s most promising player of the year in 2007 and maintained his electric form throughout 2008. In 2005 he was part of the New Zealand under-19 team that travelled to South Africa to compete in that age-group's World Cup. He had been on the field for just a short time in his debut ITM Cup match before scoring the first of his two tries against Otago. He is only the second player after Steve Skinnon to score twice on championship debut for Wellington, Skinnon having done so against Taranaki in 1996. Two others namely Emosi Koloto and Sam Doyle also did the double on debut for Wellington in 1987 and 1994 respectively, but both had represented Manawatu in their previous season.He also scored two tries for the Wellington Lions in 2009 Air New Zealand Cup semi-final against Southland that helped the Lions book their second successive final berth against Canterbury.He played nine of 13 matches for the Hurricanes in 2010, but playing behind skipper Andrew Hore all these caps were off the substitutions bench.Coles was selected in the New Zealand Maori squad at the end of May 2010 and played in their triumphant centenary series of matches against the New Zealand Barbarians, Ireland and England.

He reached the milestone of 50 caps for the Lions in the 2010 ITM Cup, celebrating with a win over Canterbury.

Coles again backed up Hore in the front row in 2011, but with Hore's departure in 2012 he stepped up into a more prominent role and shone.

Results from games played:
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Date Competition Rnd Pos Team 1 Score 1 Team 2 Score 2 T C P DG Pts
2012-08-11 Hardham Cup Premier 2 9 2 Poneke: Premier 20 OBU: Premier 17 1 0 0 0 5
2012-06-23 Hardham Cup Premier 2 2 255 Poneke: Premier 46 J'ville: Premier 0 1 0 0 0 5
2011-06-25 Jubilee Cup Premier 3 2 Poneke: Premier 30 Petone: Premier 24 1 0 0 0 5
2011-06-18 Jubilee Cup Premier 2 2 Poneke: Premier 33 Wainui: Premier 18 1 0 0 0 5
2010-08-15 Jubilee Cup Premier 9 2 Poneke: Premier 5 Norths: Premier 24 0 0 0 0 0
2010-07-10 Jubilee Cup Premier 4 2 Poneke: Premier 22 Ories: Premier 10 0 0 0 0 0
2010-07-03 Jubilee Cup Premier 3 2 Poneke: Premier 23 Marist St Pats: Premier 21 1 0 0 0 5
2010-06-05 Swindale Shield 10 2 Poneke: Premier 20 HOBM: Premier 18 0 0 0 0 0
2010-05-29 Swindale Shield 9 2 Poneke: Premier 15 J'ville: Premier 8 1 0 0 0 5
2010-05-08 Swindale Shield 6 2 Poneke: Premier 21 Petone: Premier 28 1 0 0 0 5
2010-04-10 Swindale Shield 2 2 Poneke: Premier 19 Marist St Pats: Premier 14 0 0 0 0 0
2010-04-03 Swindale Shield 1 2 Poneke: Premier 20 Ories: Premier 18 0 0 0 0 0
2009-06-27 Jubilee Cup Premier 3 2 Poneke: Premier 22 Marist St Pats: Premier 13 0 0 0 0 0
2008-07-05 Jubilee Cup Premier 4 2 Poneke: Premier 9 Petone: Premier 17 0 0 0 0 0
2008-06-28 Jubilee Cup Premier 3 2 Poneke: Premier 11 Marist St Pats: Premier 15 1 0 0 0 5
2008-06-21 Jubilee Cup Premier 2 2 Poneke: Premier 33 HOBM: Premier 12 1 0 0 0 5
2008-06-14 Jubilee Cup Premier 1 2 Poneke: Premier 25 OBU: Premier 8 0 0 0 0 0
2008-06-07 Swindale Shield 11 2 Poneke: Premier 15 Tawa: Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008-05-31 Swindale Shield 10 2 Poneke: Premier 28 HOBM: Premier 18 0 0 0 0 0
2008-05-10 Swindale Shield 7 2 Poneke: Premier 31 Wests: Premier 19 0 0 0 0 0
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