All Black Israel Dagg has confirmed that he will remain in New Zealand through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The 28-year-old was recently linked to a move to the northern hemisphere, with Leinster and Toulon reportedly interested in the New Zealand fullback.
However, Dagg has decided to remain in Christchurch, where he will continue playing for the Crusaders and Hawkes Bay.
“There’s no doubt that there were some attractive offers to consider,” Dagg is quoted as saying in ESPN Scrum.
“But at the end of the day I love my life here in New Zealand with my family, friends and team mates and I’m not ready to give that up.”
Despite Ben Smith signing on until 2020, Dagg has decided to stay in New Zealand and compete for a spot in the All Blacks’ congested back three.
Dagg’s commitment comes as a big boost to the New Zealand Rugby Union after fly-half Aaron Cruden opted for a move to Montpellier on a three-year deal, ultimately ruling himself out of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Billy Keenan, Pundit Arena