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Dane Coles re-signs with New Zealand through 2021

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Injury-plagued hooker Dane Coles has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through the 2021 season, providing some good news to the All Blacks amid a growing exodus of top players.

The 32-year-old Coles missed most of the last two seasons with a variety of injuries. He had a long battle with a concussion and struggled to overcome knee and calf problems, returning late last year on the All Blacks' tour to Japan and Britain.

New Zealand rugby is used to losing players near the end of the careers, when they seek the financial security of big-money contracts in Europe or Japan. But the players now leaving to play overseas are much younger, choosing large club contracts over test caps.

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