So, Gareth Ellis, James Graham and Sam Burgess only became the players they are because of the NRL? Each of these has won a player of the year award in the NRL, yet they all learned their rugby in the Super League.
Yes by playing in the NRL players have improved. All those who play with and against those 3 players will have improved.
We've got to stop this inferiority complex.
There is no doubt that we have some great RL talent in England that can comfortably mix it with the best. It is however clear that playing in the NRL provides an extra level of skill and toughness that we don't currently have in top English RL.
For me the NRL should be viewed as a finishing school for the best English players, somewhere for them to go and acquire the extra say 2 or 5% of skill and mental stamina that is required to keep playing for 80 minutes.
Edited by foozler, 25 November 2013 - 10:43 AM.