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Dane Coles in fitness race for Super GF

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/07/2016

Hurricanes skipper Dane Coles will be given until moments before the Super Rugby grand final against the Lions to prove his fitness.

Coles suffered a rib injury during his side's 41-0 quarter-final mauling of the Sharks and was unable to recover in time for Saturday's 25-9 semi-final win over the Chiefs.

Ricky Riccitelli started in his place at hooker with Leni Apisai coming off the bench in the 59th minute.

Head coach Chris Boyd was keeping his fingers crossed for Coles.

"I'm not a medical man but they say that with these things, when you're ready, you play," Boyd said.

"We'll give him until kick-off on Saturday."

Boyd said he was satisfied by Riccitelli's performance in the No.2 jersey.

The 21-year-old, who played seven matches off the bench for the Hurricanes in 2016, was testament to the Wellington-based side's squad depth.

"When people have dropped out this year, others have stood up and that's been really pleasing," Boyd said.

Loosehead prop Reggie Goodes may also make a grand final return as he recovers from concussion.

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