All Blacks hooker Dane Coles admits he almost hung up his boots but has persevered through his injury troubles because of his love for the game.
Coles was named in Steve Hansen’s squad for the Rugby Championship on Monday despite only being expected to return in the latter stages of the tournament as he continues his recovery from a ruptured ACL suffered against France last November.
This, after, having played only 11 games in 2017 due to concussion problems.
All this led to the 31‑year‑old questioning whether it was really worth carrying on, but he says his love for the game and his wife and two children have given him the strength to battle on.
The All Blacks will meet the Wallabies at 10.05pm next Saturday.
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