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Dane Coles in fitness race for Super GF

  • Dane Coles in fitness race for Super GF

    Dane Coles of the Hurricanes looks on after being ruled out of the Super Rugby semi-finals match between the Wellington Hurricanes and Waikato Chiefs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 30, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN HUNTER (Photo credit should read MARTIN HUNTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricanes skipper Dane Coles will be given until moments before the Super Rugby grand final against the Lions to prove his fitness.

Coles suffered a rib injury during his side's 41-0 quarter-final mauling of the Sharks and was unable to recover in time for Saturday's 25-9 semi-final win over the Chiefs.

Ricky Riccitelli started in his place at hooker with Leni Apisai coming off the bench in the 59th minute.

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Head coach Chris Boyd was keeping his fingers crossed for Coles.

"I'm not a medical man but they say that with these things, when you're ready, you play," Boyd said.

"We'll give him until kick-off on Saturday."

Boyd said he was satisfied by Riccitelli's performance in the No.2 jersey.

The 21-year-old, who played seven matches off the bench for the Hurricanes in 2016, was testament to the Wellington-based side's squad depth.

"When people have dropped out this year, others have stood up and that's been really pleasing," Boyd said.

Loosehead prop Reggie Goodes may also make a grand final return as he recovers from concussion.

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