Israel Dagg

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Israel Dagg
Israel Dagg at World Cup Parade.jpg
Israel Dagg at the RWC parade in Wellington.
Full name Israel Jamahl Akuhata Dagg
Date of birth (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Marton, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)[1]
School Lindisfarne College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback / Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– Hawke's Bay 43 (64)
correct as of 27 October 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–10
2011–
Highlanders
Crusaders
25
59
(133)
(88)
correct as of 3 August 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– New Zealand 44 (70)
correct as of 19 October 2014.

Israel Dagg (born 6 June 1988[2]) is a New Zealand Rugby union player who plays for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and New Zealand internationally. He has also played for the New Zealand Sevens team, and represents Hawkes Bay in the ITM Cup.

Early life[edit]

Israel Dagg was born in Marton, New Zealand and attended Lindisfarne College in Hastings, Hawke's Bay.[citation needed] He was also in the first cricket team for his college but played rugby instead.

Early career[edit]

While in high school, Dagg represented Hawke's Bay at Under 16 and Under 19 level.[2] Dagg attended the Advanced Course at the International Rugby Academy (IRANZ) in April 2006. His course facilitator was current Chiefs coach, Dave Rennie, and former Otago, Otago Highlanders and New Zealand player Jeff Wilson.[3] That year, he became the first secondary school player to be selected for Hawke's Bay since Danny Lee. The 2006 New Zealand Rugby Almanack named him one of its five promising players for 2006.[2]

International career[edit]

2010[edit]

Dagg made his All Blacks debut against Ireland in New Plymouth on 12 June 2010.[4] He was again capped against Wales the following week but was injured at half time.[citation needed]

Coach Graham Henry decided to rest him for the second test against Wales, giving veteran Mils Muliaina an opportunity. Muliaina was awarded the 15 jersey for the opening Tri Nations test against South Africa. A strong performance by the veteran, in the 32–12 result for the All Blacks, led to his being selected again for the rematch against the Springboks. Dagg was awarded a bench spot from which he emerged to score his first international try for the All Blacks. Dagg swerved between Schalk Burger and Pierre Spies before dancing his way to the try line. This try gave New Zealand the try bonus-point in the Investic Tri Nations as the All Blacks won 31–17.[citation needed]

Dagg's second test try came in dramatic circumstances against South Africa on 21 August 2010 at FNB Stadium near Soweto, Johannesburg. With the scores level at 22-all, in the last minute of play, Dagg backed up a break by Ma'a Nonu to score the game-winning try for a 29–22 result.[5]

2011[edit]

In the pool rounds of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Dagg became one of the tournament's top try scorers. He scored the tournament's first try in the first half of the opening game against Tonga before adding another try before half time in the same game. His next try came in the 22nd minute of the All Blacks pool match against France.[6] In total, he scored five tries in the tournament.[7]

Dagg's inclusion saw Mils Muliaina displaced from the All Blacks starting XV,[8] with Muliaina only two caps away from his 100th test.[citation needed] Dagg played in the final against France, which the All blacks won.

Following the completion of the Rugby World Cup, the IRB's Rugby News Service listed the Dagg as one of the Top 5 players of the 2011 Rugby World Cup [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stats.allblacks.com/asp/Profile.asp?ABID=1101
  2. ^ a b c ESPN
  3. ^ http://internationalrugbyacademy.com/new-zealand/
  4. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (12 June 2010). "Nervous Dagg thrives in All Blacks debut". Rugby Heaven. Faifax. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Long, David (22 August 2010). "All Blacks claim Tri-Nations with win in Soweto". Rugby Heaven. Faifax. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Murray, Scot (25 November 2011). "New Zealand v France". Guardian. UK: Guardian News. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2011 Leading Try Scorers". Total Sports Madness. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Rugby News Service (24 October 2011). "Top five players of RWC 2011" (Press release). International Rugby Board. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/news/newsid=2060306.html#top+five+players+rwc+2011

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