JR you make a reasonable point about some of the depth players. You do say Austin isn’t getting a chance because of Bassett and Harten. There is an example of one international taking an up and coming Aussies spot. No doubt there are a number of others.
For example in the Grand Final more than half the players were internationals (not Australian). Reducing the experience gained by Aussies in big matches. I love the international flavour in SSN but worry it is impacting the development of young Aussie players.
JR if you are completely correct perhaps it is LA’s selection policy that is the issue e.g. playing Watson at C, playing an out of form Bassett ahead of Thwaites so often.