Shields to make first start for Eng­land

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Eng­land have handed a first start to New Zealand­born for­ward Brad Shields as a re­place­ment for Chris Rob­shaw at flank, while fly­half Danny Cipri­ani is on the bench for the cru­cial se­cond Test against South Africa in Bloem­fontein to­mor­row. The se­lec­tion of Shields in the squad for the three­match tour had drawn some criticism as the 27-year-old for­ward has never played club rugby in Eng­land but qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent the coun­try through his par­ents. He earned a first cap off the bench in the thrilling 42-39 loss to the Spring­boks at El­lis Park last week­end and now gets a chance from the start. His is one of two changes to the XV by coach Ed­die Jones that also sees Joe Launch­bury re­turn at lock for the in­ef­fec­tive Nick Isiekwe.

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