There is a bald-faced hypocrisy in the make-up of the so-called World All Stars side that will play the Indigenous team in February.
On one hand, dogmatic NSW and Queensland selection criteria prevents the likes of Kane Evans, Tyson Frizell and Robbie Farah from representing countries other than Australia.
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But when it's convenient, they suddenly become – respectively – Fijian, Welsh and Lebanese again.
Perhaps it was an attempt to sidestep this criticism that prompted the NRL to list their clubs, and not countries, next to their names when the sides were read out.
But it wasn't a very good attempt.
Australian officials want to have their cake and eat it too: require players to commit to the green and gold in order to get their $30,000 Origin match payments and then parade them in an exhibition game as a shining example of the NRL's commitment to international football.
In fact, Farah was reportedly told he would likely lose his NSW jersey if he played for Lebanon in the recent World Cup qualifiers while Evans and Frizell feel tied to the Blues even though they've never played for them.
For those who've never read Discord before, I'll go over this quickly. You can't play for NSW or Queensland unless you lived there before the age of 13.
But for most international sport (not just rugby league, despite what you may think) the qualification rules are nowhere near as stringent with allowances for parents, grandparents and residency.
However, NSW and Queensland won't pick a player who does not declare his eligibility as Australian, adding playing depth to the country that needs it least and inhibiting the development of other nations.
No matter what you think of this decision – you know what I think – don't let anyone tell you the World All Stars are a boost to international football.
If anything, they hurt it.
Answer to the CEO question
Shane Richardson's decision to rule himself out of the running for the NRL CEO's post got Discord thinking.
David Smith upset Rupert Murdoch, fell on his sword, and then the NRL got a truckload of money out of Rupert. It's almost as if it was a reward for Smith's departure.
What would be the ideal way for the NRL to have the last laugh? Maybe by appointing the man who ADVISED Smith to do the deal with Nine right under Uncle Rupe's nose as his replacement!
Do we know who that was? Not exactly.
But as a former Queensland deputy premier, NRL head of strategy Andrew Fraser fits the bill of both someone who could have delivered the commercial masterstroke and who could make a good NRL CEO.
The new Russell Crowe
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the filming of the new Super League commercial in Warrington.
It was great to see Ashton Sims, who will feature heavily, and the Wolves' enthusiastic new signing Kurt Gidley.
I was under the impression I would be a prop of a different type – with my back to the camera, asking Sims questions with my notepad featuring more heavily than myself.
For some reason, however, they stood me in the middle of a field and pointed cameras at me at one stage.
The ad will be shown in cinemas as well as on the TV. Be afraid. Be very afraid.