Sydney Middleton (9)
Scots have 12 current 1stXV players returning for 2024 season.Thinking ahead to '24 already. Think Kings and View as top teams this year are very year 12 heavy, interested to see where the year 11's are moreso than the 16's - some of whom go straight to firsts but not that many generally. Scots and New have a fair few year 11's in 1's already, albeit a lot of backs - they need to get the pill still. I know Joey's class of '24 age group started off slowly but have built some nice depth recently and will have a platform from this year. Shore still a little inconsistent, especially on depth, but still have some outstanding individual talent. Scots on paper look the team to beat but they've got to a) get on the paddock, and b) get some form of parity in the forwards (their potential Achilles heel). If they do their backs will wrack up cricket scores. I also like the New potential in the backs but may not have the depth in the forwards. View next year is an unknown for me, weren't great at the age group level but Opens squad has gone well this year.
Back to '23 - interested to see who runs out for Kings this weekend. May be a few key injuries which could play to New's strengths. An upset would make for a fascinating last three rounds.