All Blacks vs England: Kiwi Brad Shields named to start against New Zealand

  • 09/11/2018

Former Hurricanes captain Brad Shields will start against the All Blacks on Sunday (NZ time) after the England squad was announced on Friday.

The 27-year-old left New Zealand Rugby earlier this year to link up with Wasps in the hopes of playing international rugby after getting overlooked by All Blacks selectors for years.

He made his England debut during June's South Africa series. The All Blacks test will be the first time he will square off against his nation of birth.

Shields isn't the only New Zealand-born player in the England squad with co-captain Dylan Hartley to start at hooker, while former league star Ben Te'o to will wear the 12 jersey at second-five.

Coach Eddie Jones has made three changes to his side that beat South Africa last week with Chris Ashton, Ben Moon and Sam Underhill coming into the starting side.

All Blacks vs England: Kiwi Brad Shields named to start against New Zealand

Ashton replaces Jack Nowell who heads to the bench while the other changes see Moon come in for Alec Hepburn at loosehead prop and Underhill replace the injured Tom Curry at openside flanker.

Courtney Lawes returns to the reserves after overcoming a lower back problem.

For winger Ashton, it will be his first test start for England in more than four years since a 2014 loss to the same opposition in Hamilton.

"The expectation is no different to any other test match," said Jones.

"We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous test match, and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan.

"It's been a good week, the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday and we look forward to the challenge of taking on New Zealand.

"The crowd last week was wonderful. We had great support and enthusiasm for the game and they saw a great test match, and I'm sure on Saturday they will see another."

The full England squad to face All Blacks is:

1-Ben Moon, 2-Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 3-Kyle Sinckler, 4-Maro Itoje, 5-George Kruis, 6-Brad Shields, 7-Sam Underhill, 8-Mark Wilson, 9-Ben Youngs, 10-Owen Farrell (co-captain), 11- Jonny May, 12-Ben Te'o, 13-Henry Slade, 14-Chris Ashton, 15- Elliot Daly

Reserves: 16-Jamie George, 17-Alec Hepburn, 18-Harry Williams, 19-Charlie Ewels, 20-Courtney Lawes, 21-Danny Care22-George Ford, 23-Jack Nowell


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