BRAD SHIELDS says he’s English as his grandparents’ homemade chip butties.
The New Zealand-born flanker will make his full debut against South Africa – despite never playing a Premiership game.
Getty Images – Getty Brad Shields will make his full debut after Chris Robshaw was axed
Boss Eddie Jones axed ex Red Rose skipper Chris Robshaw for Shields – and in doing so the Aussie incredibly became the first England boss to drop him in SIX years.
Kiwi Shields, a former New Zealand Under-20s international, has been hammered by critics from World Cup winners Clive Woodward to Lewis Moody after failing to crack it as an All Black.
But proving his allegiances, the 27-year-old who qualifies through his Essex-born mum and Yorkshireman dad, said: “It’s obviously my blood heritage.
“My grandparents were very English and the way we were brought up there was a lot of English heritage – all the teaspoons on the wall, chip butties on Sunday afternoons. That sort of stuff.
Getty Images – Getty Shields only met his teammates at the start of this tour
Getty Images – Getty Hurricanes star Shields is a highly controversial pick having NEVER played for a Premiership club