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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.

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