I don’t class that as poaching - that’s giving talented young kids options, they’re still very much in the developmental stage, and will still need to develop in NRL pathways.Well we do poach union players. It's just they are all under 18. Cause it's much easier to entice young players to get some decent money early rather than risk it playing union and hope you make the Australian team. So many more pathways available in League.
Poaching is taking elite, established talent - players who have already ‘made it’, where the time and money has already been invested into the individual to get them to the top level of the game. We don’t need to do that because our pathways are so good - the RU pathways are garbage, and crippled by cronyism - where this kids with the richest, most influential parents get priority treatment.