England could have a new star for the 2019 World Cup if versatile Brad Shields turns his back on the All Blacks, the Mail on Sunday has reported.
The 26-year-old captained the Hurricanes against the British & Irish Lions, and has been touted to Aviva Premiership clubs for upwards of £350,000 per year. with Wasps and Saracens keen.
It’s understood that Wasps and Saracens are keen to sign the forward.
Shields has an English passport through his parents so would be eligible if he moves next summer, with one director of rugby claiming he would stand a ‘very good’ chance of Test selection.
Capable of playing No 8 or blindside flanker, uncapped Shields is stuck on the fringes of the All Blacks squad.
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It is understood that he has now set his sights on the World Cup, the Mail on Sundayreported, and could push for the switch if he does not feature during November’s European tour in November.
Eddie Jones would welcome the additional competition, particularly from a player who can cover multiple positions.