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Coles bracketed for Hurricanes Super Rugby final

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Hurricanes captain Dane Coles is still in doubt for the Super Rugby final and has been bracketed in the team to play the Lions Lions at a sold out Westpac Stadium.

Coles injured his ribs playing in the Super Rugby quarter final victory over the Sharks and missed last weekend’s Semi-final victory over the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes captain will face a late fitness test and if fit he would be the only potential change to the team that started the semifinal win over the Chiefs

Ricky Riccitelli, who started at hooker against the Chiefs, has once again been bracketed with his skipper for the final, while there are also two late calls to be made in the reserves.

Openside Callum Gibbins, who missed the semifinal with an Achilles injury, has once again been bracketed with Tony Lamborn, while prop Reggie Goodes has also been bracketed with Mike Kainga as he continues to work through concussion protocols.

Head coach Chris Boyd said the situation with Coles was similar to last week.

“Colesy has made good progress each day and clearly he’s very keen to play in the final. He will do everything he can to be fit for kick-off and if he doesn’t make it then we have every confidence Ricky and Leni step up and do a good job if required.

“It’s a similar situation on the bench where we’re very fortunate to have some quality depth should Callum or Reggie not be able to prove their fitness in time. We will give them all as much time as they need before making the final call.”

Saturday’s final promises to be a special occasion with the fullhouse sign up at Westpac Stadium as both clubs are searching for their first Super Rugby title.

Hurricanes

15 James Marshall , 14 Cory Jane , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Willis Halaholo , 11 Jason Woodward , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (c) , 8 Victor Vito , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Ben May , 2 Dane Coles (c)/Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Loni Uhila

Replacements: Ricky Riccitelli/Leni Apisai, Chris Eves, Reggie Goodes/ Michael Kainga, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins/Tony Lamborn, Jamison Gibson-Park, Vince Aso, Julian Savea.

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