Dunedin - New Zealand hooker Dane Coles is set to be in his team's
starting line-up when they host Australia in their Bledisloe Cup rematch in
Dunedin on Saturday.
That was the word from All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster
who said Coles had impressed in his return to training.
Coles missed the All Blacks' 54-34 win over the Wallabies in
Sydney as a precaution after sustaining another head knock in the world
champions' 'Game of Three Halves' warm-up clash with provincial sides Taranaki
and Counties Manukau prior to their Rugby Championship opener.
He last played a Test nine months ago and since March has
played just 90 minutes in the Super Rugby play-offs for the Hurricanes due to on-going
Foster suggested the 30-year-old's return could relegate
Codie Taylor to the replacements bench in Dunedin on Saturday.
"He trained really well," said Foster.
"He had a good week last week actually. He's come
through today really well."