All Blacks hooker Dane Coles ruled out of first Bledisloe Test with head injury, Ricky Riccitelli to come in as cover

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All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been ruled out of the all important first Bledisloe Test against the Wallabies next weekend with a head injury.

Steve Hansen says the injury is not serious but they are taking a cautious route because of Coles history with concussion.
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Coach Steve Hansen addressed the injury as the team touched down in Sydney this afternoon, saying Coles had taken a head knock during the All Blacks' game of three halves hit out on Friday night.

Hansen said the injury isn't significant and Coles could play if needed, but the team doctor recommended taking a cautious approach due to the hooker's recent issues with concussion that saw him miss most of the Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes hooker Ricky Riccitelli will now be brought into the squad as cover, with Coles expected to be available for the second Test in Dunedin.

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