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Dagg left out of All Blacks squad
30 Aug 2015 12:12
Defending champions New Zealand have announced their 31-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, with Waisake Naholo included but Israel Dagg and Cory Jane among those to miss out.
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Full-back Dagg and wing Jane were in the All Blacks' starting line-up for their 8-7 victory over France in the 2011 World Cup final but neither will be part of the team's defence in England and Wales this year.
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Lima Sopoaga is also absent but winger Naholo, who broke his leg on his Test debut against Argentina in July and had been expected to be sidelined for three months, has been included in a squad led by Richie McCaw.
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The 31-man group boasts almost 1,500 caps between them, but 17 of the party will be playing at their first World Cup
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Coach Steve Hansen said: "We believe we have selected players with the right mix of experience, x-factor, determination and mental strength.
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"This is an exciting and talented group of players who are looking to do something that hasn't been done before, and make New Zealanders proud.
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"We know that there are some players who are disappointed. We are a tight-knit family and it's always difficult when players miss out."
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