Brad Shields not alone for Eddie Jones as an England forward newcomer | Robert Kitson

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It will be hard for Brad Shields to go straight from Super Rugby into the England side in South Africa but Ben Earl, Jack Willis and Jonny Hill lack experience in this company, too

England’s tour squad for South Africa reads like one of those wedding‑day rhymes for superstitious brides: something old, something new, something borrowed, something out of the blue. There is more than enough in Eddie Jones’s trousseau for the three-Test series next month to raise eyebrows in both hemispheres.

Three names particularly stand out in a 34-man squad shaped partly by injury and Jones’s desire to rest certain individuals. Danny Cipriani is finally back in the frame at the age of 30, granted one last chance to show he can be the man to revitalise England’s attacking game, while Sale’s Cameron Redpath, still an 18-year‑old schoolboy, has been plucked from England’s age-group ranks. In addition, on temporary loan from a disgruntled New Zealand, there is a slot for the Hurricanes captain, Brad Shields, English qualified via his parents but until now a complete stranger to the game in these parts.

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Written by Robert Kitson
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