Dick Tooth (41)
Yes they did
I understand it was self inflicted, but what is it that is wrong with the current system that needed improvement. How is tribalism and pride in your jersey and playing in the top team in your state now accomplished. I am ex Churchie in Brisbane and Barker in Sydney, both strong rugby schools and I cannot understand why the best of these two rugby nurseys will no longer get a chance to play each other. Parrashooting a kid into a state side without being tested leaves the system open to favouriteism by the coach. Playing over a week against the best of each state at least gives you the chance to prove yourself against the best. It is also a transparent process. The selection of example a Carlo Tizzano can still happen if you are not at school but if a kid from Moorabbin school who has not played at State level gets selected over a standout player a from the schools carnival that the school of public opinion agrees is the standout then how is it justified???