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Should Israel Dagg be the first choice All Black fullback?

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Photo / Martin Hunter, Getty Images
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The All Black selectors identified Israel Dagg about 18 months ago as someone who had international talent.

Assistant coach Wayne Smith thinks Dagg is on the start of a productive international voyage. He cautions that Dagg's rise has been swift and he does not have the same worldly experience as another newcomer like Benson Stanley.

"But my gut feeling is that Israel is made for the international scene and that he will cope with it and go on from here," Smith said. "It is certainly worthwhile identifying that it is a challenge and that you have to be able to rise, consistently, to that."

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