The "lack of talent to support expansion" has always fallen at the first hurdle to me when you consider we have a nation just north of us with 8 million people & Rugby League as their national sport/religion, yet there are no real systems to bring players through. If the right systems were in place I believe PNG the Pacific Islands could very quickly become a major player source up there with NSW, QLD & NZ. Those systems don't necessarily have to be all that complicated either. That is the obvious one, plenty of more inventive ways to go as well that may not bring players in droves but may unearth the ocassional star player. Approaching junior French RL players about trials in Australian junior systems. French junior teams compete against the best but majority never fulfill that potential. Looking at players from across the world in Union (15's and 7's) who are on the outer but may have a skill set more suited to League. NRL clubs partnering with USARL clubs to "introduce" promising college football players to the game with an end goal of signing them if they show enough potential. 3 off the top of my head, I'd consider those "1%" options never going to see huge amounts of NRL players but would be worth a look if NRL is going to get serious about identifying talent. I tend to wonder if the NRL clubs complaining about lack of talent have ever looked far beyond the local talent that is put right in front of them.