Dagg's dream in tatters


WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 17- All Black Israel Dagg's dream of playing in this year's Rugby World Cup is in jeopardy after the New Zealand fullback underwent surgery that officials said could sideline him for five months.

Dagg’s Super 15 team, the Canterbury Crusaders, said he had an operation on a ruptured tendon in his right thigh on Monday after sustaining an injury in the Crusaders’ win over the Stormers in Cape Town on May 7.

The Crusaders said Dagg was likely to be out of the game for two to five months, depending on how the injury responds to treatment.

It leaves Dagg facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup, which kicks off in New Zealand on September 9.

The 22-year-old said he was aiming to return to the field by the end of July, in time to make selection for the World Cup squad.

"It’s definitely not the time to be injured but if we do everything right with the rehab I could be back playing by the end of July," he told the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper.

"I’ll just have to take each step of the rehab as it comes, get the strength back in the quad again and keep