That's abit to far petero, fair enough the NRL is a higher standard but everyone playing in a top 6 NRL side wouldn't get in the England side, far from it.
I know that Australia are ahead of England in many ways, I still think that if England had Smith, Cronk and Thurston playing in 6 7 9 instead of Australia England would beat them.
Most Englishman recently who have gone to Australia have excelled, most Englishmen who have played against Australia recently have played reasonably well.
If you forget about the respective competitions in each country and just look at the first teams there isn't a huge gap in between them. Although England's first choice squad is paper thin underneath especially in the backs, the first choice England players are more than a match for the Aussies apart from 6, 7, 9 and a centre.
So I have to disagree that any top end NRL player would start for England, I'd say realistically 20% would have a decent shot, but all of them not a chance.
I do not believe that I stated that any TOP end NRL player would gain an England place, did I?
What I stated was, that those Englishmen presently playing down under are definitely worthy of gaining representative selection if they have made themselves automatic first team choices in the NRL.
I do believe you would not deny that if anyone of our players is considered good enough for the NRL then he would definitely be a first choice player here too and obviously then be in line for selection come October?
So far each and everyone, barring the three more obscure Burgess lads have been at the top of their profession in the S/L prior to going to OZ.
Burgess G has undoubtedly shown that he would have been a sensation here also and to a lesser degree Burgess L also gained recognition at the end of his half term session last season as well, why even Mac took notice! And included him in his squad for the tri-Nations and training in S/Africa.
It may have slipped by, but Luke Burgess was given good game time at Souths and proved that he could be far better than he seemed at Leeds where he never really got to settle into their side. I cannot say he will regain a permanent place after injury, at Souths, but should he and then become an automatic choice there again, then he to would have to, I maintain, also be re-examined as to whether he was worthy of a place.
Should he accomplish all that, then yet again I would say he would be too.
PS I also agree with your notion concerning Smith, Slater and Cronk, only a fool would not do .