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Canes face nervous wait for Coles news

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/07/2016

Dane Coles © Getty Images Dane Coles There's still no concrete news on Hurricanes' hooker Dane Coles and his chances of playing in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Wellington.

Coles left the field early in the second half of the Hurricanes' emphatic 41-0 quarter-final win over the Sharks at Westpac Stadium, clutching his ribs and in serious pain.

Coach Chris Boyd was subdued after the match despite the impressive win, saying he was "distraught" for the 29-year-old All Blacks hooker and Hurricanes captain.

Assistant coach John Plumtree said on Monday that the team was still waiting on news from medical staff.

"The doctors will suss him out. I heard he was pretty sore yesterday, hopefully he'll be better today but we've got the whole week and we'll see what happens," he told media at the team's pool recovery session.

A scan will reveal more information, but Plumtree said he doesn't expect an early decision on Coles's availability for the Chiefs match.

"It's going to be a late call, I would say.

"I think his breathing is a lot better. If he's got a rib cartilage, initially it'll be pretty sore and then it settles down once the pain relief kicks in."

Plumtree said the Hurricanes had good back-up at hooker in New Zealander under-20 captain Leni Apisai and another rookie, Ricky Riccitelli.

Coles's absence would be a blow, but Plumtree was confident the Hurricanes had the depth to cover.

"Obviously, he's our captain, he throws the ball in the lineouts, he's got a crucial role to play in the pack and he's a dynamic player round the field.

"The pack will miss Colesy if he's out, but he's one man and we're a team."

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