Grizzly old fart
The problem is that populations and socio-economic levels vary geographically over time. But the NRL is caught in a time warp that ignores the changes that cause an inequitable imbalance of junior talent through a long and inflexible boundary setting that is now way out of date. Little wonder that clubs have to recruit from other areas and create second tier clubs well away from their home base. Until the NRL has a deep rethink about such issues (as well as the salary cap debacle), the problem will exacerbate. This situation will worsen as new clubs are brought into the fold.