30 Dec

I don’t know why, but anyone with a name that’s Jewish or says Israel in their name, I am 200% for. Must be the Maori-Kiwi blood in me that relates to people who associate with generations and generations of tribal connections and tribal lore I think and who think wider than just nuclear family models of existing.

One rugby football player whose folks are Kiwi and obviously pro-Jewish is young Israel Dagg who plays for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby football team. I mean, not only can the dude play rugby football awesomely but he’s a skilled cricketer too. Dude! Stop the A-Listed sports bus already, get outta here! Says the teams official website of young Israel Dagg:

“Israel Dagg hit the rugby headlines in 2006 when the 18-year-old became the first secondary school player to be selected for Hawke’s Bay since his teammate, former All Blacks halfback Danny Lee, first played for the province in 1994.

The Lindisfarne College old boy is an outstanding athlete, described in the 2006 New Zealand Rugby Almanack as a fullback with speed, skill and decision-making ability that belies his age. The respected publication also named him one of its five promising players for 2006.

Dagg has progressed through the Hawke’s Bay age grade ranks, representing the province at Under 16 and Under 19 level. He also attended the Sir Brian Lochore rugby camp for Under 17-year-olds in 2005.

An all-round sportsman, Dagg is a former Central Districts Under-17 cricket representative.”

If Israel stays in top form, you could get to see him here in the USA, when Universal/ Comcast broadcast Israel his team and global sporting peers in the Rugby World Cup 2011. He’s a good one!

[Photo of Israel Dagg via Zimbio]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.30.10~



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