The All Blacks face another potential set back ahead of the Lions tour, which starts a month today, the 3rd of June. It is now Dane Coles who is in doubt for the visit of the British and Irish Lions after he is suffering with signs of concussion along with a calf injury.
Although the hooker was confident that he would be making a return this month, this has now gone under speculation, as his club coach Chris Boyd stated that he has been suffering from headaches during training. Although concussion within the game is not too rare, there could be cause for concern for Coles, as medical staff cannot find the source of the possible concussion, with Boyd stating; “We genuinely don’t know where he got those symptoms from..” after medical staff searched extensively through his last game tape.
Coles joins captain Kieran Read on the list of doubtful’s for the tour, as Read is also in recovery after he sustained a broken thumb in a club game for The Crusaders against The Cheetahs.
There is no doubt that the quality of the All Blacks’ play will not differ much from the current standards if the pair were to sit out the meeting on the 24th of next month; but I’m sure Hansen would rather have his full strength side for the clash against Gatland’s new look Lions side.
Whoever is on the team sheets next month, it should certainly be a quality game.