I agree Richard you can't judge the wins/defeats on the contributions of one player. There is a lot of context to take into account.
For example during 88-94 we had a regular international programme with players committed to it and a half decent coach. After 1995 we had a half baked approach which is borne out by the GB results.
Clubs became more powerful and withheld players and internationals weren't as important.
There really are so many variables in this argument it's very hard to say who was better with any certainty.
On what modern halfbacks might have that Greg and Schoey might not consider this: I'm not sure if any current halfback apart from maybe Brough has the ability to go "off tour" like Andy Greg did in 84 and 92. Also Halfbacks now are more disciplined than Gregory. On Schofield the case is harder to make as he was more consistent.
Do coaches nowadays out more store in having a stable personality and the "right" attitude than a player like Gregory who was hard work but top quality and occasionally a genius?
Maybe that's why we see fewer gifted halfbacks? Mavericks are harder to coach.
I agree with a lot of this because there's no other explanation for the lack of international football played by Martyn, Briers and Brough.
I certainly agree that we've barely had a top-class international coach since Mal Reilly. Nobby did a decent job but, as Garry pointed out in the column referred to in this thread, he was forever rotating his halves and never settled on a good pairing.
One of the biggest problems is that players like Harris, Long, McGuire, Pryce and Burrow have found it easy to make fools of defences in Super League with the firmer grounds of the summer era, the ten metre rule and the fact they played behind dominant packs suiting their individual skills and footwork. Not so easy though playing against a dominant Kangaroo side when you're ankle deep in mud in the middle of November. In those circumstances you need some creativity, organisation and a kicking game. And those guys, compared to Schofield, Fox and Edwards, were generally found wanting.
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