Mon 20 Nov 2017 | 06:40

England to closely monitor Shields

England to closely monitor Shields
Mon 20 Nov 2017 | 06:40
England to closely monitor Shields
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The highly rated 26-year-old captained Hurricanes to a Super Rugby title in 2016 and led the side against the British and Irish Lions this year.

Hard-working and physical, the loose forward is regarded as unlucky to have never been capped by New Zealand, despite being named in two All Black training squads.

He is eligible for England via his British parents and Sky Sports reported that Eddie Jones will closely monitor his progress in the English Premiership as he looks for World Cup options.

Shields will join Wasps after completing the 2018 Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes.

"It's good to have my playing future confirmed nice and early so I can focus 100 percent on the Hurricanes," he said.

The All Blacks have a strict policy of not selecting foreign-based players, making Shields ineligible after he leaves the Hurricanes.

Agence France-Presse

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