New Zealand, All Blacks, Israel Dagg

New Zealand, All Blacks

Competition key to All Blacks' success - Dagg

Competition key to All Blacks' success - Dagg


Competition key to All Blacks ' success - Dagg

Relentless competition for places has been the driving force for New Zealand players during an unprecedented run of success, former fullback ...

New Zealand, winners of the last two World Cups, face England in the semi-final of this year's tournament on Saturday, having looked at their dominating and ruthless best in the hunt for a third successive title.

Dagg, who was part of New Zealand's World Cup winning squad in 2011, has been impressed with the All Blacks so far and believes it is the fierce competition for places that continues to drive the side on.

"Nobody is given the jersey, you have got to earn it, you have got to work hard for it and if you are not performing then someone else will take that opportunity."

This competition is what makes the All Blacks the team to beat at every World Cup, Dagg said.

Dagg has been impressed with both players, but especially Barrett, who has excelled since moving to fullback.

"When an opposition makes the kick, he is always scooping them up and getting himself into good positions. His counterattack is second to none. He can kick off both feet. That is the quality he has."

He is backing the All Blacks to reach their third consecutive World Cup final with a win over England but does expect Eddie Jones' side to be well drilled and to provide New Zealand with their sternest test so far.

New Zealand beat Ireland 46-14 in the quarter-finals last weekend to notch up an 18-game winning streak in World Cup matches.

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