It’s going a bit far to pass Dagg fit for tests
n the inflated squads which are so in vogue these days, a fit Israel Dagg is likely to be in the All Blacks training group for the Lions series.
“Fit” has a much wider connotation than it did when Colin Meads and company were doing their business or Stu Wilson was racing around on the wing.
It details a player’s physical ability to cope with the high aerobic demands in the modern game and also how much he is up to speed with the changing styles in rugby, the tactical approaches and whether his skills fit the direction and template coaches have for their sides.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen talks a great deal about the subtle changes in rugby and how teams have to keep evolving to challenge success.
Dagg has worn the national jersey 61 times since his 2010 debut in a test career which started at fullback, has suffered form and injury blips, re- invented itself and become a wing and roving organiser in the past few