Hurricanes captain Brad Shields turns down All Blacks, defects to England - report

The flanker is eligible to be fast-tracked into England's squad.
The flanker is eligible to be fast-tracked into England's squad. Photo credit: Photosport

Hurricanes captain Brad Shields is reportedly heading to England in a bid to be available for their 2019 World Cup squad.

According to the Telegraph, Shields will head north after the 2018 Super Rugby season to join the London Wasps.

Newshub understands that New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen are disappointed in Shields decision to head to England.

Newshub also understands Shields was in the pecking order to replace the injured Jerome Kaino on the Northern tour, but news of his intentions to play for England caused a change in plans, with Luke Whitelock benefiting.

The 26-year-old qualifies to play for the 2003 World Champions through his parents, which means he could be fast-tracked into the England squad at the start of next season if Eddie Jones chooses to select him.

England currently have three New Zealand born players in their squad with captain Dylan Hartley, prop Mako Vunipola and midfielder Ben Te’o.

Newshub.