Think the worrying thing is how many of the England team would get into the Australian team?
Ryan Hall, Gareth Ellis, James Graham.....
From the NRL games this season, we don't look anywhere near good enough to challenge for the World Cup. That Sinfield has to play out of position to fill a half back shortage just shows how weak we are. Andy Farrell switched to half back for GB twenty years ago and that didn't work either. Maybe I am being too harsh, but France looked very slow and pedestrian and England were not much better.
We seem to lack world class players.
Burgess, Hall, Westwood, Hock, Ellis, Graham all could argue a place. The Aussies seemed incapable of tackling Crabtree and Robinson when they last played them. Luke Burgess seemed to easily compete in the NRL, and he was a worse player than Mossop, Harrison Morley Carvell and than Hill is now. If you put Tomkins in the Aus team would he do significantly less damage than Slater arguably not. Briscoe could be better than Aussie winger in a years time, Uate was playing for Aus last time we played them and he was gash during origin. Reed seems to compete in the NRL just fine. Then Watkins seems to have just 'it' he may be a good match with an injury free season under his belt. 9 6 and 7 they outclass us but that's the big difference IMO even though our number 6 plays with their 7 and 9 every week and doesn't look out of place.. We can beat them they arnt bloody supermen but we need to step upto there intensity level and we have lots of players capable. Although we were poor today.
Tbh your point seems very irrelevant as I'd of put 4 kiwi players in the Aus team which won the world cup, that's being generous also.
Edited by barrowraiderskid, 03 November 2012 - 08:06 PM.