CQ NRL Bid Update
C.E.O. from the
Not Enough Talent – Pardon?
Recently a few Sydney based Rugby League commentators came up with another reason as to why any potential NRL “expansion” should be delayed or even abandoned. The following was the sensational headline “EXPANDING the NRL competition would prove an unmitigated disaster - there simply isn’t enough quality playing talent to add any further teams”
They also said “The last time they expanded the competition to twenty teams it was a disaster”. I know and admire these people and generally agree with their point-of-view but I must respectfully disagree with their incorrect and very misleading opinion on this occasion. Let’s examine the last statement first. When the NRL expanded to twenty teams, two of these expansion teams were the North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors. How could any creditable Rugby League commentator describe the inclusion of these two “heartland” Rugby League regions as being “disastrous”? I just can’t imagine a modern NRL without the amazing talents of the Cowboys or the Warriors. I am sure that many of the great players who have originated from these regions into their respective NRL teams would NOT have participated at the NRL level without their own teams. Can you imagine a NRL without witnessing Matty Bowen, Paul Bowman, John Doyle, John Buttigieg, Ty Williams, Matthew Scott, Stacey Jones, Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson, Jerome Ropati, and co? I am sure that most of these players would not have gone to Sydney or even Brisbane to pursue a career in the game. Without expansion, we would never have marveled at their fantastic ability. These people are not just wonderful players, they are genuine role models for their regions and communities. They and their clubs have grown our great game. As for the comments about no enough talent. Please give me a break The NRL virtually exports dozens of experienced players every year to the UK Super League because the NRL clubs have an abundance of young and emerging talent constantly demanding selection in first grade. And they can’t fit these players into their rosters. I have not done the count of expat Aussies currently playing in the UK, but in 2013 I think it was over 150 ex-NRL players playing professional Rugby League in Europe. The next and most obvious talent pool is the Intrust Super Cup (Queensland Cup) and the NSW Cup. I don’t really have an opinion on the standard of the NSW Cup but I assure you that every weekend the thirteen Intrust Super Cup teams have six and more players who actually have NRL contracts but can’t be fitted into a NRL team for the weekend or they are at NRL standard and are yet to make the transition into the next level. As an example of this massive talent resource just look at the Cowboys team that won the Auckland Nines about a month ago. It contained Curtis Rona, Javid Bowen, Anthony Mitchell, Zac Santo, and Rory Kostjasyn, all of who played the first three ISC games in 2014 for the Mackay Cutters. Not ENOUGH talent – RUBBISH, BUNKUM, NONSENSE.