Shute Shield Top 23 Under 23: Who are the best young players in the competition? 

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