Dagg: It could've been us

2011-12-21 12:35

Auckland - All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg has told an English newspaper that had the All Blacks lost one of their last three playoff games at the Rugby World Cup, he and wing Cory Jane could have been pilloried as much as England's Mike Tindall.
According to the website, Dagg told The Evening Standard while on promotions work for adidas at Harrods, that the booze session with Jane 72 hours before the quarter-final against Argentina could have resulted in the pair getting the same sort of flak endured by Tindall after a drunken night out with England in Queenstown.

Dagg was injured and out of consideration for the game but Jane was in the side, and went on to make a big statement during the game with his performance.

All Blacks manager Darren Shand made the point of the way the pair were treated in the All Blacks camp when he said: "They (Dagg and Jane) are the ones who are going to face the consequences now because they are going to be known - particularly across the country - as the guys who let the team down."

Dagg told The Standard: "It was a silly, silly thing that Cory and I did that night. We had been locked up in a hotel and we wanted to get out for a bit and went a bit too hard. But we came together as a team and we felt we redeemed ourselves.

"We had plenty of criticism, too, but it's good teams that deal with those things and win World Cups. I'm sure if we'd lost one of our tight games we would have been slaughtered just as much (as Tindall)."