Dane Coles to miss from New Zealand's second Test against Fiji due to calf injury

Dane Coles scored four tries in the first Test against Fiji
Dane Coles scored four tries in the first Test against Fiji

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles will miss the upcoming second Test against Fiji to be played at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday.

Coles, who starred in the opening Test in Dunedin scoring four tries after coming off the bench in the 50th minute sustained a calf injury during a training session on Thursday.

The 34-year-old's place in the bench for the weekend's encounter is now being taken by Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho.

Taukei'aho had captained Tonga Under 15 team in the past and made his club debut with provincial side Waikato in 2016 with his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs coming in 2017 and has gone on to play close to 50 games for them.

New Zealand starting XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Samuel Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower

Reserves: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rieko Ioane