Shute Shield 2021: Doom and no gloom as Woods get ready for season kickoff

By MARK CASHMAN What’s not to like about a prop who answers to the nickname of ‘Doom’ - meet Lewis Ponini the Kiwi prop who last year’s grand finalists Eastwood will be unveiling when the 2021 Shute Shield season kicks off. Ponini comes to the Woods after making his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Canterbury last year in a game against the Manawatu Turbos when he came off the bench. A head knock to the starting loose head prop after only 10 minutes saw ‘Doom’ play 70 minutes and in that time he impressed many good judges with his scrummaging work and “violent” ball running. Newspaper reports in New Zealand at the time said that Ponini, out of Rangiora High School, “carried violently and held up well at scum-time for the youthful visitors, whose side included six players from last year's Canterbury Under 19 national champions”. The trip across the Tasman to link up with the Woodies is all about banking up some game time in the Shute Shield and seeing where that

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