You used the term "steal" a term that that is extremely patronising to those individuals that chose to play for Australia or New Zealand, nobody held abducted these players and held a gun to their heads they chose who they wanted to play for. If anything it is Australia that is hard done by since they are responsible for teaching these players to play RL.
How many players representing the the likes for Samoa and Tonga have actually learnt to play RL outside Austrlia or new Zealand.
As stated already instead of destroying international RL without Austrlia amd to a lesser extent New Zealand international RL would be in a far worse state.
Well DHW, I am not sure where I used the word or term "steal" like you have claimed.
I am sure many players started playing in their home countries or were taught in the beginning by their fathers in the park.
Regardless, the advantage of Aus training players from other countries to play at a high level is that they play week on week in the NRL.
Until this year however, NRL clubs have restricted the opportunity for regular high profile fixtures between these nations because the players wouldn't be released mid season like they are for SOO and the ANZAC test. The snowball effect is that to get high profile fixtures, players from the pacific had to represent Aus or NZ.
so because there are Aussies playing for Italy and Ireland and whoever, don't kid yourself that the NRL/ARL have had a strong recent history in developing the international game.