Born in New Zealand to English parents, back-rower Brad Shields received his first England call-up for the 2018 summer tour to South Africa, shortly before joining Wasps ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Brad has consistently shone for Wellington-based franchise the Hurricanes in Super Rugby since making his debut in 2012 before opting to join Wasps.
His parents – Danielle and Nigel – relocated to New Zealand as youngsters but moved back home, to Berkshire, a couple of years before their son made the move to Coventry.
Born in the town of Masterton on New Zealand’s North Island, Brad was deputy head boy during his time at Taita College and played for Petone Rugby Club, before captaining Wellington at U20 level.
He was fast-tracked into Wellington’s senior set-up and made his provincial debut aged just 19, in 2010, skippering the side and being named their Player of the Year in 2014.
With a little over a season’s experience of provincial rugby, the back-rower was signed to a Super Rugby contract with the Hurricanes in 2012, helping them finish as runners-up in 2015 before finally lifting the trophy a year later.
In the summer of 2017, Brad captained the ‘Canes to an historic 31-31 draw against the British & Irish Lions, a game he cites as one of his career highlights.
Brad played 80 minutes at blindside flanker for the Barbarians against South Africa at Wembley Stadium in November 2016 – a game that also coincidentally ended 31-31.
He went on to make his debut for England in the first Test of the 2018 summer tour to South Africa, coming on as a replacement in the narrow defeat to the Springboks at Ellis Park.
Brad was then named as a starter for the second Test against South Africa the following week, playing an hour before being substituted, before missing the final Test through illness.
2018 SA (1R,2)
Last updated: 27 June 2018