12 of the most underrated players in the Shute Shield

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a number of big names return to their clubs following the end of the Super Rugby season, but it’s not always the big names that win side’s premierships.  Every champions team features a handful of workhorses, happy to go about their jobs with minimal fuss.  Heading into the final month of the regular season, we’ve put together a list of 12 of the most underrated players in the competition.  Michael Icely - Eastwood The No.6, described as a young Hugh Perrett, has been a standout since playing way into the Woodies starting side earlier this year. Icely has a huge engine and is strong at the breakdown and in the lineout.  Nicholas Champion de Crispigny - Sydney Uni The man with the longest name in the Shute Shield is arguably one of the most consistent and routinely stands out in a Uni forward pack filled with Super Rugby stars.  Tuitakau Kioa - Western Sydney Few players in the Shute Shield are spoken more about by