All Blacks legend calls it quits after 17-year career

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All Blacks nice Dane Coles has introduced his impending retirement from worldwide rugby.

Coles will convey his illustrious 17-year-long profession to an finish following this yr’s Rugby World Cup in France.

Come 2023, the 36-year-old veteran hooker will step away from skilled rugby.

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He represented Wellington within the Nationwide Provincial Championship, the Hurricanes in Tremendous Rugby, the Maori All Blacks internationally, and the All Blacks at Check match stage.

“Thanks to Pōneke FC, Wellington, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks for giving me my dream job,” stated Coles.

“I am wanting ahead to having fun with the yr and creating some new recollections.”

Coles at the moment sits third-equal subsequent to Ardie Savea on the all-time scorers’ listing for All Blacks forwards.

Solely All Blacks legends Richie McCaw (135) and Kieren Learn (130) sit above Coles and Savea. 

Coles can also be the third most capped hooker in All Blacks historical past with 84 caps to his credit score, simply behind Keven Mealamu (132) and Sean Fitzpatrick (92).

All Blacks coach Ian Foster hailed Coles’ contribution.

“Dane is 100% dedicated, loves his household, loves his rugby,” stated Foster.

“And there’s no doubt about his absolute dedication to the Hurricanes and the All Black jersey.”

Amongst Coles’ achievements are captaining the Hurricanes on their approach to the 2016 Tremendous Rugby title.

He was additionally a part of the Rugby World Cup profitable squad in 2015 and was a World Rugby Participant of the Yr nominee.

Coles is the most recent skilled head to name it quits on the finish of the yr.

Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick have all revealed they may step away from the New Zealand Rugby fold after the World Cup.

The All Blacks will face France within the tournament-opener later this yr.

Earlier than that, the All Blacks will play Argentina, South Africa, and Australia on dwelling soil.

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