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SHANNON FRIZELL is blessed with dynamic rugby skills and the ability to create something out of nothing.
Frizell impressed the All Blacks selectors and made his national debut in the third Test of the Steinlager Series against France in Dunedin in 2018. He went on to make three more appearances during the Investec Rugby Championship, scoring his first try during the 46- 24 victory over Argentina in front of his provincial home crowd in Nelson.
Standing tall at 195cm, the Tongan-born loose forward moved to Nelson after signing a development contract with the Tasman Rugby Union in 2015.
He represented New Zealand Marist at Under 19 level and also played for the Tasman sevens team. He made his provincial debut for Tasman in 2016 playing in all matches, and after a blockbuster 2017 Mako season earned a Super Rugby contract with the Highlanders.
Frizell was a standout for the Highlanders again in 2020 and was rewarded with selection in the All Blacks squad for the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship.
His older brother Tyson, currently plays for St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League.