England v New Zealand: Brad Shields will 'find it tough' to face haka

Brad Shields playing for New Zealand and England
Shields in action for New Zealand under-20s (left) and England (right)
England v New Zealand
Venue: Twickenham Date: 10 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 GMT.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says England's New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields will find it "tough" playing against his native country on Saturday.

Shields played for New Zealand Under-20s but ended his hopes of a senior cap when he opted to play for England, who he qualifies for through his parents.

"He is going to be going out facing the haka, facing a team that he has always wanted to play for," said Hansen.

"It will tug at his heartstrings, you wouldn't be human if it didn't."

Shields, who won the IRB Junior World Championships in 2011 with New Zealand's age-grade team, said earlier this week that "there are going to be some emotions, there is no hiding from that".

Hansen found going up against his native New Zealand "pretty raw" when he worked as Wales coach between 2002 and 2004, but backed Shields to keep his emotions in check.

"I think he'll find it tough, but he is a quality man and a good rugby player so he will deal with it in his own way," he added.

Shields, who moved to Wasps from Wellington-based Hurricanes this summer, made his England debut against South Africa in June.

SBW back in black

Sonny Bill Williams
Williams missed New Zealand's last Test against Japan

Earlier in the day, Hansen announced his team for the Twickenham encounter with Sonny Bill Williams will starting at inside centre.

The cross-code star lines up in an exciting All Blacks backline alongside fellow centre Jack Goodhue and full-back Damian McKenzie.

The All Blacks have not played England at Twickenham since a 24-21 win in 2014.

"There's huge anticipation at what lies ahead on Saturday," said head coach Steve Hansen, who added: "We want to play two playmakers."

With few other changes expected from the side that edged past South Africa, centre Ben Te'o is set to continue in the number 12 shirt.

Te'o will resume his rivalry with Williams, after the pair faced each other in the Australian rugby league competition the NRL, before doing battle in the Lions series last summer.

"I've played against him a couple of times - he's a dangerous man," Te'o told BBC Sport.

"He's got so many aspects to his game. He's an athlete and I respect what he's done in the game.

"I'm looking forward to going up against him and if I get the opportunity it will be great, but there are a lot more threats all across the board."

Hansen says the selection of the skilful McKenzie at full-back is a response to England's expected tactics, and will take the pressure off fly-half Beauden Barrett.

"Against the sides that play a little differently to we do, having two playmakers makes it a lot harder for them to shut us down," added Hansen.

"It also takes away the frustration of that person who is shut down, because you have someone else taking a bit of the heat."

New Zealand XV: Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read (captain).

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty.


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