If you're arguing that a weak super league due to the NRL cherry picking our(England's) best players is good for England, I couldn't agree more. More money for players due to the bigger salary cap and a better exchange rate is allowing the NRL to keep more of its own players in the NRL and tempt the English players down under leaving as you say more spots available for young English/welsh players to fill the void and I can only see this situation getting better/worse(depending on your view) with the NRL salary cap increasing year on year and with the possibility of 2 extra NRL franchises entering the competition in the very near future.
There is always an argument that we are never going to beat Australia and New Zealand because SL is not intense enough. However, I can't remember any time in the last 20 years when England had so many promising players coming through.
Could the turmoils in SL actually be helping the fast-tracking of young players? In the last few years, clubs have had no option but to throw in young British players. That mixed with a core group of top English players in the NRL means we have got more depth and potential than we have had for a long time.
Let's leave the home international fixture list aside for a minute (don't get me started on that!). If we think about some of the average overseas players who were filling the key spots at most clubs 5-10 years ago - do you think the likes of Marc Percival, Joe Burgess, Alex Walmsley, Marc Sneyd, Chris Hill, Joe Wardle, Daryl Clark, Mason Caton-Brown, Joe Mellor would ever have got a chance to excel or had a long run in the side?
There is no doubt that SL is not as strong as it was in the past. The days of import dominated 17s may be gone forever. Is that a bad thing from an England point of view?
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