Newbie I think the ARU realised a couple of years ago that there was a need to extend their talent catchment areas hence the implementation of their Junior Gold Regional Talent Centres and off season skills programme for U15s and U16s. There are 5 in Sydney - none are in the Northern, Eastern or Southern Suburbs - all 5 are in fact based at locations in Western Sydney. There are also JGRTCs in Wollongong, Armidale, Lismore, Orange, Newcastle and the Central Coast run through the respective Regional Institutes of Sport. The ARU additionally run JGRTCs in Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and 3 in Brisbane as well as centres in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Unlike the National and State Junior Gold squads entry to a JGRTC is not by invitation or recommendation but by a trial selection process. The full day trial for participation in the Sydney Centres is usually held in September at a Western Sydney location and is pretty well open to any boy playing club or school rugby who wants to participate and registers for it. On the trial day they test players skill levels, speed and conditioning through set drills as well as playing trial games. About 120 boys from Western Sydney are then selected and placed in one of the 5 Centres and complete a weekly programme with ARU development officers between late September and March as well as participating in games between the 5 centres (in the middle of Summer!!). So the answer to your question "why not rugby ?" is that the ARU is indeed pursuing talent in the areas you have mentioned. The big challenge for them no doubt is to hang onto it given that by and large these are traditionally rugby league areas.