Hurricanes rugby team try their hand at sheep-dagging

  • 02/12/2019
Players and management stayed at Waiorongomai Station for their first get-together as the 2020 squad.
Players and management stayed at Waiorongomai Station for their first get-together as the 2020 squad. Photo credit: Facebook/Waiorongomai Station

Members of the Hurricanes rugby team have tried their hand at the not-so-pleasant task of sheep-dagging during a stay on a sheep and cattle station.

Dagging, or crutching, is the cutting away of dirty, wet wool from around the tail and anus of the sheep. 

Fifty-three of the players and management stayed at Waiorongomai Station for their first get-together as the 2020 squad.

Waiorongomai, near Featherston, is one of the oldest sheep and cattle stations in New Zealand and has been owned and operated by the same family since 1850. 

A Facebook post from Waiorongomai Stations shows team members helping dag ewes in the farm's woolshed, with the caption, "Just a standard farming day at Waio doing some dagging with the Hurricanes."

The team later held an open training session at the Martinborough Rugby Club.

"They might be a bit tired after dagging Waiorongomai ewes all morning," said a Facebook post.

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