New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has poured cold water on Brad Shields' availability for England's June tour of South Africa.New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has poured cold water on Brad Shields' availability for England's June tour of South Africa.
Hurricanes captain Shields, who qualifies for England through his parents, will join Wasps after the Super Rugby season ends in August, which prompted speculation he will play a part for England against the Springboks.
The 27-year-old was reported to be available for selection by Eddie Jones, despite still being contracted to New Zealand Rugby and having a number of Hurricanes games after the June Tests, but Tew begged to differ.
"I don't think you should jump to the conclusion that he will be available from our point of view," Tew told the New Zealand Herald.
"He has signed to New Zealand and he is contracted to play for New Zealand teams until the end of Super Rugby."
The Hurricanes have three regular season games and up to three playoff matches after the June international window.
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