sport news THE GAIN LINE: Brad Shields is getting a bit shirty with Beauden Barrett

There was a surprise waiting in Beauden Barrett's bedroom drawer this week: Brad Shields' England shirt.

The All Black No 10 discovered the training top, personalised with Shields's initials, after scoring four tries in last week's victory over Australia.

Shields temporarily lodged at Barrett's home in Wellington before flying to the UK last week to join Wasps.

The pair were long-standing team-mates at the Hurricanes, before Shields decided to pledge his future to the Red Rose. Barrett may decide to return the shirt when the All Blacks face England in November. 

Beauden Barrett was left a little surprise by former team-mate Brad Shields this week

Beauden Barrett was left a little surprise by former team-mate Brad Shields this week

Shields was Barrett's team-mate at the Hurricanes

He left him the All Blacks No 10 his England shirt in his drawer

Shields (L), who was Barrett's team-mate at the Hurricanes, left the fly-half his England shirt (R)

Mike Ford will fly to Frankfurt on Sunday to take up a short-term role as Germany head coach. The 52-year-old will help prepare the team for November's World Cup Repechage with Kenya, Canada and Hong Kong.

It will be a three-week tournament to determine the final team in Pool B — with showdowns against New Zealand and South Africa on the line.

It's time Crotty called it a day, says top doctor 

All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty has been told he should retire after suffering a sixth concussion in 18 months.

The 29-year-old suffered his latest brain injury in the first

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