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Shields selection doesn't sit well with former England skipper

2018-06-06 14:03
Brad Shields (File)
Brad Shields (File)

Cape Town - Former England captain and loose forward Lewis Moody has spoken out against the selection of Brad Shields by coach Eddie Jones for England’s tour of South Africa.

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“I know the professional game is changing, but picking Shields doesn’t sit well for me at all,” Moody told The Sun website

“He’s a Kiwi who has played all of his rugby in New Zealand. When it was felt that the All Blacks weren’t going to work for him, another avenue opens up.

“If he had spent a couple of years in the Premiership earning his stripes, that would sit better with me.

“Eddie is able to pick him and he has done, but it’s discouraging for the English flankers who have come through the system here.”

Moody, 39, played 71 Tests for England before retiring from rugby in early 2012.

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