But instead of importing so many Australians, why don't we incentivise the development of rugby league in PNG and Fiji by exempting the PNG and Fijian imports from the SL salary cap?
This will mean that the SL clubs will still go after NRL stars like Matt King, Matt Gidley, Danny Buderus, Craig Fitzgibbon, Clint Greenshields and Brett Hodgson. But it will make the clubs think twice about importing players not of that calibre if they can get talent from PNG and Fiji. Having their own talent scouts roaming PNG and Fiji will be profitable expenditures for SL clubs. But the rule should be "born and now living in PNG or Fiji," not "PNG or Fijian ancestry," which a rort that the KOLPAK rules foist on the SL competition.
I single out PNG and Fiji (but not Tonga and Samoa) because the first has tens of thousands of players who never get proper coaching, conditioning, or even decent nutrition, and the second has thousands of superb speedy and muscular athletes who are being lured to rugby union when they are more suited to rugby league.
These incentives will develop a new generation of professional rugby league players from the South Pacific who could help make the World Cups more interesting and competitive.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 18 October 2010 - 07:08 PM.