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Israel Dagg

Israel Dagg has a stunning sidestep, safe pair of hands under the high ball and a powerful kicking boot that regularly creates space and options for his teammates, making him a real nuisance for any opposition trying to organise its defence.

Dagg has become a regular selection for the All Blacks after RWC 2011 but injuries limited his rugby in 2014 and 2015. He played three Tests in 2015 but was not selected for the RWC 2015 squad. After a lengthy recovery period following surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered playing for Hawke's Bay, he returned in great form for the Crusaders in 2016 and earned a recall to the All Blacks.

He scored five tries at RWC 2011, including two each against Tonga and France in pool play. Dagg is also handy with the boot and can take over kicking duties, when required.

His call-up to the All Blacks in 2010 capped a remarkable representative career that has also included New Zealand Schools, New Zealand Under 19 and New Zealand Sevens.

He made an immediate impact on the international stage, scoring match winning tries against the Springboks in Wellington and Soweto.

He carried this remarkable form into the 2011 Investec Super Rugby season, scoring seven tries before injuring his quadricep.

Dagg hit the rugby headlines in 2006 when the 18-year-old became the first secondary school player to be selected for Hawke’s Bay since his teammate, former All Blacks halfback Danny Lee, first played for the province in 1994.

The Lindisfarne College old boy is an outstanding athlete, described in the 2006 New Zealand Rugby Almanack as a fullback with speed, skill and decision-making ability that belies his age. The respected publication also named him one of its five promising players for 2006.

Dagg has progressed through the Hawke’s Bay age grade ranks, representing the province at Under 16 and Under 19 level. He also attended the Sir Brian Lochore rugby camp for Under 17-year-olds in 2005.

An all-round sportsman, Dagg is a former Central Districts Under-17 cricket representative.

1.86m, 96kg
Test Debut:
v Ireland at New Plymouth 12/06/10
Test Points Breakdown:
25t, 1c, 2p
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Hawke's Bay
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • All Blacks, 2010-
    All Blacks Sevens, 2007-08
    New Zealand Under 19, 2007
    New Zealand Schools, 2006

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (+)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (+)
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22 (+)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22

21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17
2 Octnbsp;v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (-)
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22 (-)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (-)

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13 (-)
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22 (-)

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9
13 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28
1 Nov v USA at Chicago
8 Nov v England at London 24-21

8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (-)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18
25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20 (-)

18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9
27 November v France at Paris 24-19 (-)

16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0