The Weekend Post - - Sport - — Dean Ritchie

NSW play­ers will gather for an im­promptu bond­ing ses­sion just 24 hours be­fore Ori­gin II to watch Tyson Frizell’s lit­tle brother de­but for the pow­er­ful All Blacks.

The Blues will come to­gether at their team ho­tel – the Pull­man at Syd­ney Olympic Park – to watch flanker Shan­non Frizell, 24, rep­re­sent New Zealand in the third Test against France in Dunedin to­mor­row night.

Tyson, 26, will be out to se­cure NSW an Ori­gin se­ries win over Queens­land on Sun­day night.

The Blues will com­plete

their cap­tain’s run at nearby ANZ Sta­dium around 3.45pm on Satur­day be­fore con­verg­ing in a ho­tel team room to watch Shan­non per­form the fa­mous haka and then con­front France.

And front and cen­tre will be Tyson, a proud brother.

Frizell’s par­ents, Sophia and An­drew, were plan­ning to at­tend ANZ Sta­dium to watch NSW but will in­stead travel to New Zealand’s South Is­land to watch Shan­non’s big mo­ment.

“I’m sure all the boys wouldn’t mind sit­ting down and watch­ing the game with

him,” him” NSW chief ad­viser Greg Alexan­der said.

“It would be a good way to bring the boys to­gether – I’m sure it will be a proud mo­ment for Tyson.”

Shan­non, Shan­non w who is play­ing his first sea­son of Su­per Rugby with the High­landers, was adopted and grew up with a fam­ily in Tonga, while Tyson was raised in Syd­ney.

The pair has al­ways been close but im­mi­gra­tion laws pre­vented them grow­ing up to­gether.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing and I’m very proud,” Tyson told The Daily Tele­graph.

“Our par­ents were get­ting ready to come to Ori­gin but they are now fly­ing over to New Zealand from Aus­tralia.

“They will stay over there with him for a few days and they will also go and visit some fam­ily. If I could get over there, I’d be over there sup­port­ing him.

“He will make his de­but. I spoke to him two days ago

and he let me know. Orig­i­nally he got called into the squad on standby wait­ing for his op­por­tu­nity. “Fi­nally he got his chance.” Both broth­ers are known for their size, strength and ag­gres­sion.

“I don’t know if he re­ally looked up to me – he grew up play­ing rugby,” Tyson said.

“I don’t think grow­ing up as kids you think about whether you’re go­ing to get to where you are to­day.

“It’s hard for kids com­ing from a vil­lage in Tonga to be play­ing for the All Blacks.”

Photo: Philip Hill­yard

DUTY CALLS: Tyson Frizell will miss his brother’s de­but for the All Blacks.

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