Steve Williams (59)
that's not the relevant example though.
Plenty of examples of players playing or touring for Australia without playing Super Rugby
Well, that's precisely what I'm saying. — it's been the norm to be eligible for selection if you're Australian in Australia.
It's also likely untenable to be excluding some registered players in Australia while allowing others.
In other words, there's been NO actual "compromise" to arrive at this position.
The more relevant example is if Liam Gill plays for the Hong Kong Fooeys in Twiggy Rugby, would he be eligible for Australian selection. I say now and believe this is what RA had the issue with.
No shit, Sherlock. I would've thought that was stating the bleedin' obvious.
And there's NO change on that either. So what's the big news from old mate Robbo in HQ?
Ribbing aside, Reg, you're right – it comes down to a question of whether it's better to be seeing the likes of LF Gill (or Dan Carter, if you prefer) playing:
• at Australasian-friendly times,
• in a competition that will strengthen rugby in our own region,
• against more of their fellow Australian players,
• with at least some games on Australian soil.
… OR … in lieu of other options, continue to lose these types of players to Europe (in prime career age at an increasing rate).
Dunno about you, but I know my answer. ARU/RA can agree with Twiggy to poach players back from Europe instead of Soup … and that's fair enough. Personally, I don't think that will matter much. Super Rugby will be dead anyway.