Might be the case on ability, but he's in it for himself. There have been countless examples of coaches/managers leaving out players in rep teams due to selfishness and attitude, despite ability. Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is a great recent example, being left out of the German national team for the World Cup by Joachim Low. Rugby League, and NSW in particular, has been late to the concept. Its great Freddy has ignored reputation and selected a team rather than a bunch of big head individuals. Theres no doubt Gould has been an unofficial advisor to Fittler.