So why are they taking more of our players than ever before?
By the way, your assertion that Australia's 5th team could beat us is ridiculous.
They may not be able to win but they could compete.
Full backs - Slater, Barba, Stewart, Dugan, Bowen
Wings - Morris, Boyd, Yow Yeh, Mead, Uate, Williams,
Centres - Inglis, Lyon, Hodges, Morris, Tonga, Jennings,
Half backs - Thurston, Cronk, Reynolds, Wallace, Pearce, Cherry Evans,
Hookers - Smith, Farah, Ennis.
Forwards I could name 20.
All those players could cut it at international level. We have 20ish players which are international class and can compete with top end NRL. They have more depth, But our top 20 is a match for the whole Aussie side bar Smith, Cronk and Thurston.