Shute Shield’s 50 most influential players so far in 2023

The June long weekend comes just over halfway through the 2023 Shute Shield regular season and we’ve now had plenty of time to take a look at all 12 sides.

So with no matches over the weekend, we thought we’d pull together a list of the 50 most influential players in the Shute Shield, based solely off their performances so far this season.

The list was compiled based on conversations with all 12 Shute Shield coaches and a number of key competition statistics.

To be eligible for the list, players must have played at least five of the 10 competition games so far this season.

50. Prez Tufuga - West Harbour

Big, bad backrower Prez Tufuga is ranked second in the competition for most carries across the opening 10 rounds and has helped convert the Pirates’ into arguably the most improved forward pack this season.

49. Jackson Ropata - Southern Districts

Still only 19, Jackson Ropata has gone from strength to strength after joining the Waratahs academy over summer and making his Shute Shield debut earlier this year. Now with the Junior Wallabies, Ropata is a player to watch.

48. Sitiveni Moceidreke - Western Sydney

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