Watch: 'I gave back the phone thinking it wasn't for me!' Shannon Frizell shares hilarious story of life-changing call from ABs selectors

Every All Black remembers the first phone call telling them they'd been selected in the squad, but it's fair to say many won't have as brilliant a tale as the one 2018 recruit Shannon Frizell has.

The rookie All Black told media today he didn't find out about his selection until the night before the team was announced - and just after he'd been served a hefty loss by the Waratahs.

"It was after our game in Sydney and obviously we had lost," he said.

"I came into the changing rooms and then our manager for the Highlanders came in and gave me the phone then someone said to me I had been picked to represent New Zealand.

The pair were called up for the All Blacks' squad to face France next month. Source: 1 NEWS

"I didn't believe them so I gave back the phone thinking it wasn't for me!"

Frizell admitted his sadness at the Highlanders' 41-12 loss almost instantly disappeared but he still wasn't sure the call was real due to his past experiences with Highlanders manager Paul McLaughlan.

"He gave me back the phone and said, 'it's a call for you,' and I said, 'nah, you take it!'

"I thought it was a joke because our manager is a bit of a joker."

Frizell was one of three new faces named in the All Blacks' 33-man squad, with the Highlanders loose forward joined by Jordan Taufua and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi.

Frizell thought Highlanders manager Paul McLauglan was pranking him. Source: 1 NEWS

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