Coles named Hurricanes Super Rugby captain

Dane Coles will captain the Hurricanes in the 2016 Super Rugby season

All Blacks and Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has been handed the Hurricanes captaincy for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Rugby World Cup winning hooker Coles will captain the side and halfback TJ Perenara has been named as his deputy

Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said that the appointments have been popular in the Canes camp and that it was was Coles’ dedication and passion for the team which made him deserving of the leadership role.

“Dane is a proud and passionate Hurricanes player who has always led, and will continue to lead by example.

“He is someone who’s totally committed to the club, what we stand for, and what we’re trying to achieve. He’s highly respected by all the players because of the commitment and pride he shows around our camp, so we know he’s the right man for the job.”

Coles has been with the Hurricanes since his debut in 2009, and has since played 80 matches for the team. He will take over from Conrad Smith, who captained the side from 2012 through to the 2015 Super Rugby final.

Coles said it was an absolute honour to be named captain of a team he was so passionate about.

“To be honest, it’s something I never thought would happen, but I’m pretty excited about it. I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading the boys, along with TJ, and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Boyd said Perenara was the obvious choice for a vice-captain who would counter-balance Coles’ leadership style.

“Like Colesy, TJ is massively passionate about the Hurricanes and will be a great assistant to Dane as we get ready to endure this long campaign.

“They will work closely with each other and share the leadership duties, to make sure they can remain focused on their on-field performances as well.”

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