Shannon Frizell gets a first decent shot at restating his All Blacks credentials after being named in the Highlanders team for their Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Canberra.
Powerful back-rower Frizell is among three starting changes for Saturday’s match from the side well beaten 42-20 by the Sharks in Dunedin last week and will want to make an early statement.
New All Blacks coach Ian Foster this week pronounced his desire for some sizeable loose forwards to put their hands up following the departure of former captain Kieran Read.
Frizell, the brother of NRL star Tyson Frizell, impressed off the bench last week and could shed his tag as a fringe All Black.
The Brumbies will meet the Highlanders at 8.15pm tomorrow.
In tonight’s Super Rugby matches, the Blues will take on the Crusaders at 6.05 tonight at Eden Park while the Rebels face the Waratahs at 8.15pm.