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Israel Dagg
New Zealand
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Full name Israel Jamahl Akuhata Dagg
Born June 6, 1988, Marton
Current age 26 years 141 days
Major teams Crusaders, Hawke's Bay, Highlanders, Junior All Blacks, New Zealand
Position Fullback
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 211 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2010-2014 44 41 3 70 13 1 1 0 40 3 1 92.04
Bledisloe Cup 2010-2014 9 8 1 13 2 0 1 0 8 0 1 94.44
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 5 5 0 25 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 100.00
The Rugby Championship 2010-2014 21 18 3 33 6 0 1 0 19 2 0 90.47

Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Ireland at New Plymouth, Jun 12, 2010 match details
Last Test Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane, Oct 18, 2014 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

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

An NZ Schools, Under-19s and Sevens international, he rose to prominence for the Magpies before making his Super Rugby bow with the Highlanders in 2009. He continued to catch the eye and having been pinpointed for his potential 18 months before, he was rewarded with a call-up to the All Blacks in 2010 and made his debut against Ireland in New Plymouth.

His first Test try came against South Africa as a replacement weeks later and was a stunning solo effort, earning Dagg huge praise and comparisons with All Black great Christian Cullen. Another followed before the end of the tournament and proved even more vital, sealing victory over the Springboks in Soweto and with it the title.

Dagg's hopes of influencing New Zealand's squad for the Rugby World Cup were hampered by a series of quadriceps injuries, the first ending his hopes of joining their Grand Slam tour in 2010 and the second ruling him out for the latter part of the inaugural Super Rugby season - where he had starred for the Crusaders.

However, Dagg earned a recall to the All Blacks side to face South Africa in Port Elizabeth and clearly did enough to impress coach Graham Henry - despite the Kiwis losing the match - as he was later named in the 30-man squad for the World Cup.

Dagg was spotted drinking and smoking in an Auckland bar, along with winger Cory Jane, just 72 hours before the All Blacks' quarter-final match against Argentina. But that incident did not tarnish what was a hugely successful tournament for Dagg. He not only secured the fullback spot, but scored five tries and was one of the players of the competition as the All Blacks won the World Cup.

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Sep 27, 2014
Israel Dagg and Cory Jane of the All Blacks celebrate in the All Blacks changeroom
Israel Dagg and Cory Jane of the All Blacks celebrate in the All Blacks changeroom
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Sep 6, 2014
The All Blacks perform the haka
The All Blacks perform the haka
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Aug 2, 2014
 Israel Dagg takes on the defence
Israel Dagg takes on the defence
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Jul 26, 2014
The Crusaders' Isreal Dagg looks for a gap
The Crusaders' Isreal Dagg looks for a gap
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