Other clubs for Kiwi talent
by an NRL club, with an offer that would blow your mind.
‘‘So our choice is either leave the door open for the foxes to come in and take the hens, or we can fight back and do something about it.
‘‘So we’re in the process of making determinations about what the future holds for us, as a development club.’’
It goes against Smith’s personal beliefs to sign up players so young and there is always the possibility of another Etene Nanai-Seturo scenario happening, where he stays in New Zealand, but then decides to switch codes.
‘‘I feel it’s very unhealthy for the game, but we have to go there,’’ Smith said.
‘‘About 30 players are leaving and have been leaving in each of the past few seasons, since these clubs have been raiding New Zealand for 15-year-olds.
‘‘That’s the reality. Are they getting all the best ones? They probably had pretty much open slather at it, so they should have been able to pick the best ones.
‘‘But it doesn’t mean that we haven’t got good ones, because we’ve got some who we’re very confident will become NRL players.’’ ❏ The Kiwis will play England in a mid-season test the United States for the next three years, according to Australian reports.
Despite reservations from NRL clubs losing their players, and concerns about player welfare, News Ltd reported that the NZRL and their English counterparts have agreed to stage the fixture.
Warriors centre Solomone Kata cuts through the Cowboys defence to set up their first try at Mt Smart Stadium.
Brian Smith aims to keep the best young Kiwis.