Israel Dagg has fallen from grace after starring in the All Blacks' 30-0 victory over France at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday, after he used the word "fag" in a tweet.
Dagg called Blues player Brendon O'Connor a "fag", a comment that attracted widespread criticism. "Wrong choice of word people don't let it ruin ya Sunday, keep smiling," Dagg posted after it became clear he had crossed a line.
A representative of the group Queer Avengers, Sara Fraser, told ZB news of her disgust. "Really it's just indicative of the fact that although we now have marriage equality and things on the surface appear to be getting better, in actual fact they're not."