19 Oct 2010

Donald still shaking his head over ABs recall

7:58 am on 19 October 2010

One of the recalled All Blacks named for the upcoming northern tour admits he was shocked to be given another shot in the black jersey.

Waikato first-five Stephen Donald only returned from a chest injury four weeks ago but his form since has proved irresistable for the All Blacks selectors, beating the two younger No.10s, Aaron Cruden and Colin Slade, who've filled the back-up role behind Dan Carter so far this year.

The 26-year-old is still shaking his head - Donald says he thought he'd need much more than almost a month to push his claims.