'He's in a good place' - Dane Coles nearing the end of long road to recovery, could return for quarters

The Hurricanes are set for a boost if assistant coach John Plumtree's words on All Blacks hooker Dane Coles are anything to go by.

The coach says the skillful hooker is on the verge of coming back to rugby and could make an appearance in the Super Rugby quarter-finals.

"He's coming along pretty good actually but we won't be playing him this weekend."

Plumtree said there were positive signs too that the hooker's mental health hadn't been affected after suffering serious concussion symptoms.

"From all accounts he's really good and in a good place so it looks like he's turned that corner and he's good to go."

Coles is expected to return for the Super Rugby quarter-finals where the Hurricanes will either play the Stormers or Brumbies.

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree said the hooker wouldn't be available against the Crusaders, but could be again soon. Source: 1 NEWS


'Haven't you been watching us?' - smiling John Plumtree shuts down reporter who asks if Canes will follow defensive example of Lions

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree gave the first indication on whether New Zealand's Super Rugby sides would incorporate similar defensive tactics to the Lions following their successes against the All Blacks.

The British and Irish Lions' fast defensive line speed when coming up against sides during their tour of New Zealand sparked both controversy and admiration.

But for Plumtree, the reporter's question on the matter suddenly became obsolete.

"Yeah thats what we do too, haven't you been watching us?" said the giggling 51-year-old, who explained the Hurricanes would play as normal against the Crusaders this weekend.

The Hurricanes must beat the Crusaders if they want to play the Brumbies in Canberra and avoid a 20-hour trip to South Africa for a potential quarter-final against the Stormers.

The Hurricanes assistant coach said the side already play with a fast line speed, like the Lions. Source: 1 NEWS



TJ Perenara determined to slay Crusaders to avoid long South African trip for Super Rugby quarter-finals

If the Hurricanes beat the Crusaders they will likely face a shorter flight to play the Brumbies. Source: 1 NEWS