Peter Burge (5)
don't believe they are facts by any stretch of the imagination. Squad lists from the last few years will prove that. Higgers, Smith, JOC (James O'Connor). As for Simmons? Give me Rodda, LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto), Hocking and Blyth over him every day.
To counter your points Reg
I would suggest Higgers was a rental who supplemented his income in Japan
Smith was the same until the cab incident
I actually think that JOC (James O'Connor) may have found himself and grown up and come to realise that he has unfinished business in Australia but he will be getting a Rugby Australia top up so his differential is not that great.
My point is illustrated with your point about Simmons other players are better but he did not seem to be treated that well for a 100 game player.
From a fans perspective the part we think is about loyalty is business being the money part of it.