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'Quite a bit': Crusaders rival on how much chat Dane Coles dishes out

By Sam Smith
(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Crusaders rival and All Black teammate Braydon Ennor says he was ‘not surprised’ to hear of Dane Coles run-in with Pumas loose forward Pablo Matera, revealing fellow All Blacks are not spared from Coles when on opposite sides on the pitch.


Pumas loose forward Pablo Matera recently opened up about the reasons for his non-handshake with All Blacks hooker Dane Coles, admitting the fiery No 2 got under his skin with comments about not belonging in New Zealand.

Speaking on What A Lad podcast, he explained to host James Marshall what happened during the end of the All Blacks test in Hamilton that led him to push Coles during the two teams customary post-match handshake.

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The Pumas loose forward was upset by the comments by Coles after working hard to move his family to Christchurch for the chance to play with the Crusaders in New Zealand.

“But that day was a bit different to be honest, that day was a bit different,” Matera explained.

“I think he came in when there was like ten minutes left and he just continued picking on me, in every ruck, in every scrum, saying something.

“To be honest, it really hurt me, some strong things, I don’t want to repeat it but I couldn’t understand why, because they were winning by 40 points, he just came on, I didn’t understand why he was with that attitude.”


Matera’s Crusaders teammate and All Black midfielder Braydon Ennor has revealed that it was quite standard from the Hurricanes hooker when speaking to media after Canterbury’s training session.

“On the training park, quite a bit,” Ennor said of being on the receiving end of a Coles’ spray.

“It comes from a good place, anyone that knows Colsey knows he’s a good man at heart.”

The 84-test veteran has had a littered history of scuffles with opposition players including Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, with the pair having a series of run-ins in Bledisloe Cup fixtures, as well as England prop Kyle Sinckler.


Dane Coles upset Irish fans last November when his unsavoury comments to flyhalf Johnny Sexton were picked up on the ref mic.

Former Irish international Gordon D’Arcy took aim at the All Blacks following the match after hearing Coles’ chat.

“Having played NZ a lot in my career, I gotta say Dane Coles comments about Johnny are unsurprising,” he wrote on Twitter.

“In my experience NZ players are for the most part patronising on the pitch when they win and good to see they’re continuing to reflect that when they lose.”


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