Why don’t NRL clubs buy Union players anymore?

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  1. betcats

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    He played league as a kid.
     
  2. King hit

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    Eto Nabuli was a wallaby is that enough reason for you
     
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    Union players go on strike and crap on about Eureka. Not good for team harmony.
     
  5. TheDalek079

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    How about Kourtney Beavis?
     
  6. BuffaloRules

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    The NRL clubs are buying Union players when they are 17...

    Probably why the Wallabies have been so crap the last 15 years...
     
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    Unless they are kiwis or saffas you are getting 3rd rated athletes.

    Kiwis prefer union, Saffas could not spell league, rich uncles and all that.

    Everywhere else kids play something else first.

    This is why, they are shyte.
     
  8. Mr Angry

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    Like seriously, a league player takes up Union and is a Wallaby in half a day.

    A union player joins league and 1 in 100 play grade.

    Mick O'Connor, Ray Price are hen's teeth.
     
  9. Vic Mackey

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    Wait, rugby unions still around?
     
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    Who was the last succesful pure union convert. Honestly league as moved on.
     
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    Peter Fitzsimmons
     
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  12. magpie_man

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    This. Wallabies just aren't worth the risk. All Blacks or Springboks you'd be paying through the nose for and are somewhat of a risk as well (albeit much less so).
    The current modus operandi of pillaging their junior stocks seems to be doing the trick, long may it continue and extend throughout the South Pacific.
     
  13. PARRA_FAN

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    Beale and Cooper I believe did get offers from clubs but were asking for quite a lot. Was too risky for some clubs, who knows if they wouldve done well in the NRL?

    Go back 30 years ago Union was amateur, players were getting paid bugger compared to League.

    I'm sure Beale and Cooper wouldve taken that opportunity back then.

    It was quite common for clubs poaching Union players then. Not just Wallabies players but All Blacks players Halligan and Ridge. I'm pretty sure Grant Fox and Zinzan Brook almost went to Manly. Then eventually guys like John Timu and John Kirwin played in the NRL or ARL back in 95.
     
  14. myrrh ken

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    I remember tiaan strauss played for us in the 90s. He was pretty good.

    Larkham and burke might have gone pretty good.

    But honestly nowadays the defence in league is so much better,
     
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    Garrick Morgan.......worlds best RU prop:p
     
  16. Angry_eel

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    We get Union players at a young age. Sometimes they turn out to be Clint Gutherson while other times they become Tepai Moreoa. Union would be dead in Australia if it wasn't for private schools.
     
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    You're all forgetting the great Andrew Leeds as the last great convert ;)

    Seriously. as outlined a bit above, any semi-decent Rugby Union playing kid who people think could also make it in League, is usually signed up to League as early as possible. Those who don't then are spread between those who chase overseas opportunities and then those who stay in the Australian system.

    There isn't that much left to 'pillage' from the Wallabies ranks, and of those people highlight, they generally have been through the league system before.
     
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    Koroibete is a poor mans Lachlan Maranta.

    Australian Rugby Union is like the Brisbane Broncos, it used to be good in the 90's and early 2000's, but now its shit. Both teams can't even make the grand final smh
     
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    Gutho always played league. He was a Cromer Kingfishers junior.
     
  20. Mr Angry

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    I feel for the Warriors, some of those All Black backs would be good enough, instead they get Kata.

    I wish I knew thier names, there was a Mona guy? played in 12, he would have been a great league centre.

    Also pretty sure McCaw would have made it, huge motor, they do have some players, where it is taken seriously.

    I can sit through a Union game, but would rather dig my eyes out with a spoon than watch the disgusting abomination that is VFL.

    I find it hard to insult Saffa and Kiwis, all they have to say is you have VFL.

    There is no comeback, it is shameful.
     
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