It’s go­ing a bit far to pass Dagg fit for tests

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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


Wynne Gray

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