Wasps flanker Brad Shields is preparing himself to take on his old teammates as it is likely he will be named to play the All Blacks for the first time this weekend for England at Twickenham.
“There are going to be some emotions, there is no hiding from that,” Shields told BBC Sport.
“But it’s how you deal with it.”
The ex Super Rugby man is likely to face off against some of his closest friends, including ex-teammate Beaudan Barrett. Shields, who represented New Zealand at under-20 level, made his debut for England in June and got his first start for England in there recent 1 point victory over South Africa at Twickenham.
“What’s the old saying ‘enemies on the field and best friends after the game’ – that’s my mentality,” Shields added.
“I’ve got some really good mates in the group and it would be a shame to stop talking to them just because you are playing for a different team”.
Shields qualified for England through his parents, deciding to make the switch of allegiance and leaving the chance to represent the All Blacks and his old club Hurricanes behind – Shields no does his work at Wasps, in London.