then Tomkins, Inglis, Barba, then Stewart (it's Slater and then a whole stack of amazing players with not much between the next 3 I reckon, although the last time I suggested there were any flaws at all in Inglis and Barba's games I was subjected to a somewhat disproportionate response!)
then Morris, Hayne, Vatuvai (relatively slim pickings worldwide)
then Morris, Kenny-Dowell, Watkins (based on rep form largely, although Oz have a fair few other genius centres)
then Marshall, Sinfield, Carney, Reynolds (apart from a few amazing players, this is quite weak worldwide as all the best 6s play fullback nowadays)
then Cherry-Evans, Johnson, Pearce, Wallace (again plenty solid players but a bit of a gap between the best and the rest)
then Tamou, big fat Canterbury prop. Shillington (Oz in particular have dozens of really solid players so they pick guys on form, mostly one season wonders for NSW)
then Roby, Burrow, Farah, Luke (it's Smith and then the rest for me)
then Pritchard, Bird, Ellis (the top 2 less on consistent form, more on world class ability)
then Smith, O'Loughlin, Stewart, Gillette (hard to pick 13s as a lot of sides use props there now)
So about 10 Eng and 8 NZ in the top 45, which again suggests Oz have about 3-4 times as many very good players as us. This seems about right.
Edited by Mushy, 24 November 2012 - 01:19 PM.