WELLINGTON – Loose forward Shannon Frizell was surprised and delighted to be summoned to the All Blacks' World Cup squad on Friday, having been wearing a cow-suit at a gym session only hours before the call from the team's staff.
The Tonga-born 25-year-old was overlooked in Steve Hansen's initial 31-man squad but flew off to Japan late on Friday to replace injured rookie Luke Jacobson, who was ruled out of the tournament by a delayed onset of concussion.
Capped five times for New Zealand, Frizell was at the gym earlier on Friday wearing a white cow-suit to promote Tasman's match against North Harbour in the nation's provincial rugby competition.
The “Wear Ya Onesie Sunday” promotion urged fans to turn up in jump-suits, or “onesies”, to the weekend clash.
Frizell, instead, will be back in his All Blacks kit, pressing for a spot in the blockbuster opener against South Africa in Yokohama Sept. 21.