All Blacks outside back Israel Dagg has announced his retirement from rugby.
The 30-year-old’s long-term knee injury hadn’t allowed him to train and play at an elite level, so after taking medical advice he has decided to retire.
Dagg played 66 Tests for the All Blacks (2010-2017), winning the World Cup in 2011, and 89 matches for the Crusaders (2011-2018), winning back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2017 and 2018.
He also played 25 matches for the Highlanders (2009-2010) and 50 for Hawke’s Bay (2006–2015).
‘It’s been an honour to represent the All Blacks, Crusaders and Hawke’s Bay over the years and I’m incredibly proud to have worn each of those jerseys throughout my career,’ said Dagg.
‘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 and help prepare some of the younger squad members to take the next step in their own careers.
‘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.’