Celebrating Tasman’s awesome foursome
It was a proud day for the top of the south region last Sunday when the All Blacks were named for the June test matches against France.
Four Tasman Mako received a call-up, a phenomenal effort considering our first Mako All Black was only a couple of seasons ago.
It means we have seen six Tasman players in the ABs in the past two seasons with Tim Perry, Liam Squire, Jordan Taufua and Shannon Frizell being named in the team on Sunday while David Havili and Kane Hames donned the black jersey last season Mako in 2017. He has excelled at all levels of the game in New Zealand for a long time and his selection is just reward.
Liam Squire has been an established All Black for the best part of three seasons. He has been a Mako since 2012 and continues to make every post a winner in his career.
Shannon Frizell was the bolter in the latest All Black squad. He is a quietly spoken young man who gets his talking done where it should be, on the footy field.
Frizell is an athletic freak, great with ball in hand and amazing in the air. He may be a surprise selection to some but I’m sure he will do a great job in the black jersey.
Frizell’s background is an interesting one. The brother of Tyson who plays Rugby League for New South Wales and Australia, he has come through Tasman’s Academy system after being picked up from Tonga via Auckland as a young player with big potential.
The selection of four Mako All Blacks proves there is a pathway for young people in our region to get to the top of their profession.
Having four All Blacks from the top of the south is something special and it should all make us proud. I can’t wait to see them all take on France in June.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen poses with the new caps Jordan Taufua, left, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Shannon Frizell.