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Hurricanes skipper remains in the dark over England availability
Brad Shields hasn’t heard from New Zealand Rugby over his request to play with Eddie Jones’ side in June.

HURRICANES CAPTAIN BRAD Shields says the situation is “out of my control” after admitting that he has not heard from New Zealand Rugby over whether he will be granted permission to tour South Africa with England.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew last week confirmed that the flanker officially requested to be released from his contract in order to play for Eddie Jones’ side during the Test window in June.

Tew said the governing body would not “muck around” with making a decision, but Wasps-bound Hurricanes skipper Shields — who qualifies for England through his parentage — says he is still in the dark.

“I haven’t heard anything yet,” said Shields, who won a Junior World Championship with New Zealand in 2011. “It’s out of my control. My focus is on the game this week [Hurricans versus Sunwolves tomorrow] and has been for the last couple of weeks.

“All I need to worry about is playing good rugby and whatever happens from here is out of my control.”

The New Zealand-born 27-year-old says he remains as hungry as ever to start his international career with England.

“When I signed over in England playing Tests was obviously part of the plans,” he said. “As a player, your goal is always to play at that next level and that’s my goal and always has been.”

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