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Brad Shields to be recognised for 100th milestone

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Saturday, July 7, 2018    allblacks.com    Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) will acknowledge the milestone in front of Shields’ home fans with the presentation of a specially made pounamu mere, the traditional NZR gift for players who play 100 Super Rugby games for New Zealand sides.

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New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said the milestone was a special one for the Hurricanes skipper.

“Brad has been the core of the Hurricanes for some time. An extremely committed player on and off the field, Brad's leadership has been a key part of the team's success in recent years. We congratulate him on the pending milestone.”

Shields, who made his debut for the Hurricanes on 25 February, 2012 against the Stormers in Cape Town, is the 14th Hurricanes player to reach 100 Super Rugby matches.

One of just nine Hurricanes forwards to have scored 10 or more tries, Shields also holds the record for captaining the side to nine consecutive wins.

Reaching 100 Super Rugby games for the Hurricanes was undoubtedly special for Shields who has always represented the club with huge pride.
“For me, my whole career has been about trying to get this club through to finals and be part of that,” he said. “That’s been a driving motivator for me.”
Hurricanes Head Coach Chris Boyd added his congratulations to Shields on reaching the mark.

“Brad has really been and remains a great leader for us, not only during the times when he has captained the side,” he said.

“He is a great man who has always given everything he has for the Hurricanes and that has earned the respect of his peers, the management team and everyone who has come into contact with him at the club. We all congratulate him on this milestone.”