Dagg close to full fitness

Date published: June 26 2015

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Crusaders full-back Israel Dagg is over his injury woes after coming through a four-day All Blacks training camp unscathed.

Dagg, has been troubled by a calf injury throughout the Crusaders' Super Rugby campaign and only made five appearances for the Christchurch-based franchise this season.

All Blacks backline coach Ian Foster said the 27-year-old came through the camp in Auckland with flying colours.

"Izzy trained fully," Foster told Fairfax Media.

"Whilst it wasn't hard out, he did the physical parts when he needed to, so that's a good sign."

But unlike utility back Charles Piutau and scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who are on the comeback trail from knee injuries, Dagg will not return to the playing field via a club rugby match in New Zealand this weekend.

"The two guys who are going to go back and play club rugby are Charles Piutau and Tawera Kerr-Barlow," said Foster.

"Izzy, we were keen to load him this week and then give him a weekend off to see how he responds to that, but signs are very good."

Foster revealed that back row duo Jerome Kaino and Sam Cane also came through the camp without any hassles.

"We eased him [Cane] off a bit, he looked pretty jaded and a bit beat up, but he just needs a bit of time off the park," he added.

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