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Loose forward Shannon Frizell was surprised and delighted to be summoned to the All Blacks’ Rugby 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 on 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.

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