Hurricanes centurion Dane Coles debuted against the Waratahs in 2009. He captained the Hurricanes to their first Super Rugby title in 2016, and that same year was a nominee for the New Zealand and World Rugby Player of the Year awards.
Coles, who is a loyal and passionate Club man, played up his 100th cap in the semi-final against the Lions in Johannesburg in 2017 and has since gone onto play 128 games for the Club, making him the most capped Hurricanes Forward and the third most capped player behind his fellow teammates TJ Perenara and Julian Savea.
The ball-running hooker, often credited with revolutionising his position on the international stage, missed the entire 2018 season after suffering a knee injury on the 2017 All Blacks end-of-year tour but returned to lead the Hurricanes in 2019 before going to his second World Cup.
Coles signed a contract extension in 2021 which will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2023 season.