Dagg Perfecting Craft At 'Saders

 Jul 23,2012
Written by: Quintin van Jaarsveld

All Black fullback Israel Dagg says his move to the Crusaders and learning from the likes of Dan Carter has made him a more complete player.

The former Highlanders star told the International Rugby Board's Total Radio: "I've grown as a player and grown up as a person. I had two years at the Highlanders and enjoyed that thoroughly and decided to make the move up the road.

"Being around world-class players helps your game and helps you be a better person. We work quite a lot on my high-ball receipts here, taking those high balls and eliminating that kind of play that a lot of the South African teams use. They [the Bulls] put up quite a few kicks and put you under pressure back there.

"I feel my punting and goal-kicking has got a lot better and being alongside a guy like Dan Carter, who's obviously world-class and learning from him, he's helped my game."

Despite being arguably the best fullback in world rugby, Dagg says he is not taking his place in the All Black team for granted.

"If I get that jersey I'm just wearing it for that game. You've got classy players, world-class players out there – Ben Smith is a quality player, you've got Andre Taylor up north and he's an absolutely top player who is playing outstandingly so you can't take anything for granted.

"I've just got to try and work on my game and if I get to pull on that black jersey to just wear it with pride. There've been a lot of great players who have worn that jersey before me so I've got to keep trucking along and doing my thing for the team.

"You can't get too comfortable otherwise that jersey can get taken away from you that quick and you've got to keep working hard," he said.




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