Wellington – old All Black extreme Israel Dagg announced his retirement from rugby Friday after failing to recover from a knee injury.
The winner of the World Cup has played 66 tests for New Zealand, debuting
against Ireland in 2010, and also won consecutive Super Rugby titles
with the Canterbury Crusaders in 2017 and 2018.
"While it is bittersweet to mark the end of my playing career, I am
grateful to be able to contribute to this team Crusaders in 2019
and help prepare some younger team members to take the next step
in their own careers, "he said.
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew praised Dagg, 30, as "one of the big names in our game."
"He was an emotion machine on the rugby field and fans knew that
when he got the ball in his hands that anything could happen, "said Tew.
Dagg was part of All Blacks 2011 World Cup win but was eliminated
for the 2015 campaign, when the New Zealanders were also victorious.
He recovered determined to prove a point and again became an All
Black regular, playing his last test against Argentina in September