Around the Traps: Will returning Super Rugby players decide the 2024 Shute Shield

BY MARK CASHMAN Interesting to see how the Shute Shield evolves over the next couple of weeks with a lot of talent filtering back from the Super Rugby Pacific competition teams. This time of the year is a time of great movement in the rugby player and coaching market with all the big teams in France, the UK, Japan and the USA filling their rosters for the coming season. Lots of decisions to be made and we are yet to see what the shape of the first Wallabies squad that Joe Schmidt announce in June looks like. I would imagine Schmidt would like to see his wider squad members playing some footy so it is safe to assume that we will have rounds of the Shute Shield and the Hospital Cup featuring some of the stars. Eastern Suburbs look to be the big winners of this part of the year with a whole host of Waratahs like Teddy Wilson, Jack Grant, Lewis Ponini, Charlie Gamble, Jack Bowen and Miles Amatosero looking for some time in club footy. Norths will get Hugh Sinclair and Tom

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