Hurricanes captain

Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea accepting of one week ban

Reuters reports the Hurricanes skipper drew his thumb across his throat as he exchanged words with Melbourne Rebels halfback Ryan Louwrens during their Super Rugby match last weekend.

Loose forward Savea was sanctioned by a judicial panel on Tuesday for going "against the spirit of good sportsmanship".

"He accepted it pretty much straight away. When he was sitting in the sin bin for 10 minutes (he knew) it was something he shouldn't have done," Holland said.

"I'm aligned with him on that and to get the one-week sanction is the way it is and we accept it.

Shields asks NZR for dispensation to play for England

Shields is heading to English club Wasps after the Super Rugby season and is eligible to play for England.

However his New Zealand contract means he's not allowed to play for any other country until his Super Rugby contract ends.

The England coach Eddie Jones is reported to be interested in Shields for their tour of South Africa in June.

NZR boss Steve Tew says they received a dispensation request from Shields this morning and may look on it favourably.