Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has re-signed with the franchise for another two years.
Coles has played 38 games for the Hurricanes since he joined in 2009 and has made the No 2 jersey his own following Andrew Hore's move to the Highlanders this season.
"I'm really enjoying my footy with the Hurricanes. It is an exciting time for the team this year and building on from here is a challenge I'm looking forward to,'' Coles said.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett believes Coles has a bright future. "Dane, at 25, is already an established player and he has developed even more so with his added responsibility this year as our starting hooker. He has stepped up to the task like a true professional. His throwing ability, defensive organisation and work in the tight has excelled this season.''
Coles burst on to the national rugby scene in 2007 when he scored two tries in his debut for the Wellington Lions. That year, he was named Wellington's Most Promising Player. Since then he's played 56 games for Wellington.
The Poneke forward had already signed for Wellington until the end of 2013 for his provincial duties.
In 2011, he was selected for the New Zealand Maori and has also represented New Zealand at under 21 and under 19 levels.