Not throwing the baby out , but the standard of rugby in my opinion seems to be dropping across the board , England dont have much competition for places , most of the side picks itself . I think its time to scrap the cap and let the sport grow. In my opinion there is no way on earth this Oz team would beat the 1994 team . They have always had multiple players who are impossible to deal with , I just dont see that in this side . GB also had players that were impossible to deal with like Offiah , Robinson but we are having to look back 20+ years .
We do lack some obvious once in a generation talents like Offiah and Davies. But they came from rugby union and that avenue of player talent has been removed for some time. Even without the cap you'd be competing with professional union teams - not the case in 1988 and 89 when those players switched codes.
If you scrap the cap you'd need to put some other measures in place to ensure that clubs are still made to ensure they have pathways in place for talent so that one club doesn't hoover it all up like what happened when Wigan dominated. The reason we struggle to compete isn't because we don't pay players enough it's because we don't have enough players participating and so we have a smaller pool to pick from.
Statistics: Posted by Bullseye — Tue Nov 15, 2022 1:23 pm — Replies 12 — Views 1261