2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Eastern Suburbs

Eastern Suburbs scored four tries or more in 15 of their 18 matches last year but lost seven games by a converted try or less and fell just short of a finals berth in 2016. After leading second grade to last year’s grand final, Craig Morrison takes over as head coach in 2017 and appears eager to turn his Beasties into a ruthless, winning machine. While they’ll be without Super Rugby recruits Jack Maddocks and Alex Newsome this year, Australian U20s standouts Mack Mason and Ryan McCauley will add plenty to a talented and hungry Eastern Suburbs squad. Ins/Outs: Ins: Mack Mason (Reds, Aus U20s), Tom Pincus (UQ), Joe Pincus (UQ), Tom Sheminant (Perth Spirit). Outs: Jack Maddocks (Rebels), Alex Newsome (Force), Steve Findlay (Scotland), Ragu Tagive (overseas), Josh Toole (rugby league). Captain: TBC Overview with Craig Morrison “We’re still a fairly young squad in some respects, but we’ve got some good leaders so I think there is a good mix there,” Morrison said. “La
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