The real answer to the original question is quite simply ‘we don’t need to’.
Our development pathways produce more than enough talent for our game to flourish. Suallii will move on, and he’ll be replaced by another superstar in the making.
We don’t need to poach players from Union, we create more than enough of our own - they absolutely do need to poach players from RL.
We’ve heard the doom and gloom merchants declaring many times over the years that RU poaching our players is terrible for our game, yet in reality, it’s not made a blind bit of difference. For every SBW, there’s a Kikau; for every Suallii there’s a Mulitalo…
Union is shite, and other than being underpinned by a society of rich posh boys and a well established World Cup, they’ve got nothing going for them. Poaching a handful of established RL players and paying extortionate money to them will not change how crap that sport is, won’t help bring through their own talent, and if anything, will just drive more of their juniors over to RL.
Whereas the NRL goes from strength to strength. We don’t need any of their established players, they’d be a huge and expensive risk/experiment.