Controversial England choice Brad Shields has added an additional factor to the squad on their tour of South Africa, new teammate Chris Robshaw mentioned.
New Zealand-born Shields has opted to pursue a world profession with England, for whom he qualifies via his dad and mom, in a transfer that has drawn appreciable criticism — even from World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot.
“We’ve only got to know him over the last day or so but he is hungry to learn,” Robshaw mentioned of Shields at a information convention forward of Saturday’s first check in Johannesburg.
Shields arrived in South Africa immediately from New Zealand, a day after the remainder of the touring get together got here in from London.
“He has brought something new and is trying to soak it all in, whether it’s line-outs, scrum play or whatever it be, so he is ready,” Robshaw added.
“That’s what you want from players, that hunger and excitement to be involved.”
Robshaw was captain of the England squad that final toured South Africa in 2012 the place they misplaced the collection with two check defeats and a draw. The second check at Ellis Park was a 36-27 win for the Springboks.
“We weren’t as ready as we hoped we were, we allowed them to get momentum and we were playing catch up the whole game. This time around we have to meet that head on in the first minute,” the 32-year-old mentioned.
“Bar Twickenham, Ellis Park is the most effective rugby stadium I’ve ever performed at because of the depth it brings, the environment and the eagerness ranges.
“We’re trying ahead to it, we’re underneath no illusions about how laborious it’s going to be, and we’ve spoken about how laborious it’s to go there and achieve success.”
“It’s all about this collection, we all know we have needed to deal with some issues from the Six Nations which we have hopefully mounted, however for us to come back down right here it’s about successful the collection – that is what our mindset is,” he added.