There is a few. Just not the good ones
It will be interesting to see how the teams line up after the post world cup retirements. The Wallabies probably need to get some more code hoppers from the ARL. Its all about money for them, but there is the talent reservoir we need to take us to the top of world rugby. The challenge is for the ARU to get the corporate funding and some good TV deals to make it happen. In this respect the personality and presence of Cheika is enormous.
I dont think they need more code hoppers. I actually think the Wallabies will drift again before they become a power. They need more youth coming through and I think they have it but not ready for the Wallabies Jersey. You can select certain code hoppers but you dont get many that make it. SBW is a bench player, a good one but still a bench player. Folau is the exception but I think he would struggle away from FB (Struggle is the wrong word, but just think he needs that space and you dont need as intricate an understanding of the game from back there) and then you have Burgess who just couldnt cut it at all.
the Wallabies lost that game mostly in the set piece play. The ABs killed them in the line out and had the better of the scrums. The Aussies scrum will improve although I think playing two loosies means you are willing to risk the line out ball for the amount of ball you expect to get around the ground. Only thing was the Blacks defended the break down incredibly well and actually beat Pocock at his own game. McCaw was massive.
Think the Kiwis have the depth to cover, will be a dip as they are losing some of their best ever players but wouldnt expect the bottom to fall out.
I agree, AB the code hopper thing is very problematic. As we now know, code hoppers can hop back, there is always that option. A pure Union player is probably fully committed to Union. But surely Its all in the selection of the player. They would have to really want to play Union for Australia , not just for the money, but once on the League pay levels , there clearly has to be some inducement, unless they had done it all in the ARL.
We would need to be very patient now to wait for schoolboys at Sydney/Canberra Grammar to filter into the Waratah/Brumbies teams to get to the required level. Sure, that is the long term, sustainable future thats required, but how to maintain the current head of steam that our performance in the World Cup has given Australian Rugby? Can you suggest an immediate alternative? Maybe search for All Blacks that live in OZ,. or have Australian genes in them, and make them offers too good to refuse !!!