Simon Poidevin (60)
Telegraph is reporting that Shute Shield will start July 18.
3 week final series.
Grand final under lights October 31.
Waratahs may come back to clubs between rounds 8 and 11.
A broadcast deal is being negotiated.
Possibility of 2 representative matches for SS players - city vs country, and country of origin.
No experimental rule changes.
Round 1 will profile Sydney Uni vs Warringah at Rat Park.
(Apologies if this has already been mentioned. It's the first I have read of it in the papers).
I may be alone in this but I kind of want this to become the permanent schedule if a NCC becomes a thing. Perhaps with a 14th team down the line. Could run the Shute Shield as a straight round robin and then have the top 6 move onto the NCC while the bottom 7/8 played a more locally based Cup competition. Just a thought.