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Dagg confirms six-week wait for return

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/03/2017
Israel Dagg © Rob Griffith/Associated Press Israel Dagg

Injured All Blacks back Israel Dagg has confirmed a six-week wait until his return to Super Rugby.

Dagg damaged cruciate knee ligaments and suffered a joint tear during the Crusaders' win over the Queensland Reds in Brisbane in round three.

The 28-year-old posted a post-operation update on social media, pleased there had been no complications and that a return in early May remains on the cards.

If accurate, 61-Test back Dagg will have about about a month of play under his belt before the British and Irish Lions begin their New Zealand tour in June.

He is one of several Test outside back candidates sidelined by injury in recent weeks, with Highlander Waisake Naholo (hamstring) and Hurricane Nehe Milner-Skudder (foot) both expected to return at a similar time.

Meanwhile, there was further good news for the unbeaten Crusaders, who confirmed All Blacks captain Kieran Read remains on track for a return in mid-April.

Assistant coach Leon MacDonald says Read, who had an operation on his wrist over summer, is likely to be ready to face the Sunwolves in Christchurch on April 14.

Read has been involved in light training with the Crusaders and may play a club match before his Super Rugby reinstatement.

MacDonald said flanker Matt Todd (calf), centre Jack Goodhue (calf) and winger Digby Ioane (hand) could all be available for Friday's match against the Force in Christchurch after missing last week's defeat of the Blues.

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