I agree that they shouldn't be FIFO but NSW teams have shown to some extent they can be successful without Super Rugby support. They will have to draw on the local comp players but surely the ARU could keep the pathway open by assisting with coaching, resources and logistics?
It still wouldn't be competitive. I can't speak for Victoria, but the loss of the Force will send the local rugby scene back into the dark ages. Current local Western Force players will move interstate or overseas. The interstate ones will be unlikely to return because they will have made a home in their new state. Players from the Pindan Premiership who are good enough for NRC and/or Super Rugby will most likely move to a rugby competition where they might actually get noticed. A few might stay because they have set up lives over here. The loss of the Force academy and coaching structure will also impact on our U20 system and we would most likely be removed from the Super U20 competition. Any U20s from Perth who want to pursue a rugby career will move interstate to make that state's U20 team. We would be left with nothing.
Why would anyone be interested in flying all the way over to Perth to collect 5 competition points against a bunch of non-professional easybeats?