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England look to profit from Brad Shields’ inside info against All Blacks

• Former All Blacks Under-20 knows secrets from Hurricanes
• Shields ‘in the conversation’ for selection before England move

Brad Shields knows the messages will start arriving soon. Having left New Zealand provincial rugby last summer to chase his dream of playing for England, the 27-year-old knows the All Blacks rather better than he does his new teammates and facing the haka at Twickenham will be almost like gazing into a mirror.

If anything, it is his former Hurricanes teammates such as Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea who will feel even more disconcerted. Shields was their Super Rugby captain until recently; now, according to Ben Youngs, he is divulging their trade secrets.

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