One of the most enjoyable parts of following the Shute Shield is watching young players progress from colts into grade and develop into genuine stars, ready for a shot at professional rugby.
Every club has more than a few, so to give those at Rugby Australia and the Super Rugby clubs a hand, we thought we’d take a look at the best 23 players in the Shute Shield under the age of 23, based on 2019 form.
Note: Born in 1997 or later and excluding players with Super Rugby caps (year of birth)
Eastern Suburbs - Cody Walker (1997), Dan Donato (1997)
Easts prop Cody Walker has been on the fringes at the Waratahs for a while now but is yet to get a taste of Super Rugby. His Easts’ form suggests a debut might not be too far away though.
Donato has taken a different route. After moving from Orange to Easts, the outside back has worked his way through the grades and earned a spot in the top grade the hard way. Since doing so earlier this year, he’s statically been the se