‘Don’t feel sorry for me’ – Dagg

Date published: December 4 2015

Despite missing out on the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup triumph, Crusaders full-back Israel Dagg doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for him.

The 27-year-old was a key member in New Zealand's squad when they won the World Cup on home soil in 2011, but missed selection for their successful defence in England and then had surgery on a dislocated shoulder he injured while playing for Hawke's Bay in the ITM Cup.

Dagg, who has represented New Zealand in 49 Tests, admitted that 2015 won't a year he will remember fondly but is keen to put it behind him and come back stronger.

"You have your moments when you are down and I will admit that – you do get down about it," he told Fairfax Media

"But I have just got to be positive; because I don't want everyone coming up to me and feeling sorry for me. I don't want that.

"Rugby is a tough sport and you are going to miss out. You are going to have downs. I am just looking forward to getting back up again and going hard."

Ben Smith was the All Blacks' only specialist full-back at the World Cup, while Beauden Barrett was used as cover at the back.

Dagg has no complaints about missing out on selection.

"It did suck not being there but I am not going to hold a grudge or anything," he added.

"The team went over and they all played extremely well and good on them. It just makes me hungrier."

Unlike most New Zealanders who followed the All Blacks' progress at the World Cup with great gusto, Dagg admitted that he didn't do the same.

He went on holiday with his family to Los Angeles, New Orleans and Miami and also hooked up with fellow All Black Cory Jane and his wife Amie in the United States, before going to the Bahamas and Mexico.

"I didn't know they had won the World Cup until I jumped on the cruise ship (from Miami to the Bahamas)," said Dagg.

"My wife and I had a good trip and then we caught up with some mates for the last two weeks."