Israel Dagg: New Zealand World Cup winner retires from playing through injury

Israel Dagg: New Zealand World Cup winner retires from playing through injury

Israel Dagg has announced his retirement from playing rugby at the age of 30.

The New Zealand international has failed to recover from a serious knee problem and the decision to hang up his boots comes after taking medical advice.

Dagg, above left, won the World Cup with New Zealand in 2011

Dagg required two operations on the injury that was initially sustained in early 2018 before suffering a recurrence while on Super Rugby duty for the Crusaders last weekend.

In a glittering career, he earned 66 caps for New Zealand and was a member of the 2011 World Cup-winning All Blacks squad.

Dagg played 66 times for New Zealand and scored 138 Test points – 26 of which were tries

“While it’s bittersweet to mark the end of my playing career, I’m grateful to still be able to contribute to this Crusaders team in 2019,” said Dagg, who took medical advice to retire.

“On a personal note, I’m looking forward to taking on some new challenges in the future, and looking forward to spending more time with my young family.”

Making his Test debut in June 2010 against Ireland when he was 22, Dagg scored his first try – a stunning individual effort – for the side a month later when he came against South Africa.

His final Test was in September 2017 in a 39-22 win against Argentina.

In addition to his international career, he won back-to-back Super Rugby championships with the Crusaders in 2017 and 2018.

New Zealand head coach, Steve Hansen said: “It’s always a shame when injury forces a player to retire, but ‘Izzy’ will leave our game knowing that he’ll forever be remembered as an outstanding player who definitely enhanced the All Blacks jersey and contributed to the legacy of the team.”

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