Dane Coles has signed a new contract with the perennial favourites in the cricket betting odds, New Zealand Rugby, the Hurricanes franchise and Wellington province until 2016 while Jeremy Thrush has penned a deal for the next two years.
Hooker Coles has played six Tests for the All Blacks, more than 50 games for the Hurricanes and 66 matches for Wellington, while lock Thrush made his Test debut in the recent series against France.
Thrush has made almost 80 appearances for the Hurricanes and 65 for Wellington.
“I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far with Wellington, the Hurricanes and All Blacks,” Coles said. “But I’m keen to build on that so I was definitely keen to re-sign for the next few years.
“I just want to work on all aspects of my game, keep working hard and keep getting better.”
Meanwhile, Thrush said: “The last few weeks with the All Blacks have been pretty special, especially making my Test debut, and I’m going to work hard and add to that if I get the opportunity.”
Coles started the first two Tests in the recent series against France, before a calf strain ruled the 26-year-old out of selection for the third Test.
He made his provincial debut in 2007 and played his first Super Rugby game two years later.
Thrush is in his sixth season with the Hurricanes and captained Wellington last year. In the past, the 28-year-old was part of two New Zealand Under-21 sides and the Junior All Blacks.
Coles and Thrush are the latest players in a long list that have recently agreed new contracts with New Zealand Rugby, including captain Richie McCaw, Daniel Carter, Ben Franks, Wyatt Crockett, and Brodie Retallick, who have all signed until 2015.
In addition, Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks and Charlie Faumuina have agreed deals until the end of next year.
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