I can understand how out of 50 players you can hothouse them to become very good professionals, but as we are seeing it's the skillfull players who make all the difference.
If you lists say the top ten playmakers and gamebreakers like Briers, Brough etc etc I just cannot believe for one minute you can coach them to be what they are.
I personally would have to agree in part with either side of this argument.
Insomuch as there certainly has to be a degree of natural aptitude in order to stand out from the crowd for certain players to display their own unique abilities, yet also, there can be little doubting the fact that better coaching from an early age will almost certainly weigh heavily favourably towards further enhancing those natural abilities and allowing such players to progress even further.
I would propose that the Melbourne Storm are the nearest to being the perfect example of this in the manner that they can seem to change so many of their playing staff on a regular basis, yet still maintain a very high degree of continuation within the team.
Cronk, Smith and Slater, do carry a lot of that continuity, but they do have to have the rest to help them and the changes rung there just do not seem to cause the disruption that others often suffer due to such occurrences.