30 Oct 2019

Rugby World Cup - Dane Coles acknowledges family's support

From Checkpoint, 6:23 pm on 30 October 2019

As the reality of last Saturday's defeat sinks in for the All Blacks, hooker Dane Coles has broken down when talking about his family.

Many of the All Blacks have left family members back home, and earlier in the Rugby World Cup campaign we heard from flanker Matt Todd about how tough that has been.

But when Dane Coles was asked whether having his family with him in Japan helped to ease the loss, he was overcome with emotion.

The All Blacks play Wales in the Bronze final Friday night in Tokyo, and coach Steve Hansen has given the nod to several veteran players running out for the final time, including captain Keiran Read, Sonny Bill Williams and Ben Smith.

At Wednesday's press conference, another retiree, Ryan Crotty said it was hard to watch his teammates from the sideline last week, and he plans to use the loss as motivation this Friday.