TBH the position is completely understandable. As is our response. We have requirements that should be entirely Aus based and a line not to be crossed. You cant stop NZRU approaching the teams they want directly, but an approach to RA should presume things will not be accepted by NZ and a domestic comp is likely. They get nothing, nada, unless on our terms. If/when NZRU approaches the franchises direct, no funds should be made available for the break away comp from RA. NZ ends up with a comp that must fund itself, including the anointed franchises, or with a comp barely more in numbers than than what they have now.