Wouldn't be surprised if AC is the same person as League Freak or East Coast Tiger. Same lack of objectivity in terms of the NRL and SL. Everyone knows that the standard of the NRL is higher overall, but it doesn't mean every player is better than the cream of SL. No disrespect to Widdop, but for all this talk of him being proven in NRL - all he's proven is that he can be the fourth best playmaker on the best team, not that he can consistently carry the playmaking responsibility as the main man in an NRL side. In contrast Tomkins has proven to be quite simply the best player not only in his successful team, but all of SL. Whilst he has defensive frailties (as does Widdop from games I've witnessed), as an attacking force he is right up with the best of the NRL I have no doubt. Whilst it would be a real disappointment on a personal level to not see him play week in week out for Wigan, I hope he moves to the NRL and proves the arrogant doubters wrong.
Exactly. In any sport being a decent player in a great team doesn't make mean the decent player is great. Widdop has been fortunate that he has played with so many great players.
By Super League standards Tomkins is a great player and by NRL standards he is likely to be a very good one. I don't get all this negativity. Burgess, Ellis and Graham have proven how good English players can be if they are given opportunity to test themselves against the best.
English rugby league's problem isn't the lack of talented players it is the lack of a competitive enviroment in which they can test themselves and improve. The Super League just isn't up to scratch in that regard.
Look at New Zealand. When they had most of their players playing in the UK they were fodder. Once the Kiwis got most of their players based in the NRL they became Four Nations Champions and World Champions. Basically the more English players in the NRL the stronger the England team will be.