I've been thinking about starting up this topic for quite some time now, and the League vs Union inspired me to do so. So here it is: NRL vs ESL National Rugby League (NRL) vs English Super League (ESL) Now what would a decent discussion be without some controversial statements? I'll provide some! The NRL is far superior The ESL is so desperate they spend massive amounts of money on our talent, rather than developing their own talent. When players from the NRL depart to the ESL and eventually come back to the NRL they aren't as good as they used to be (the ESL dragged the NRL players down to their standards and it's a struggle for the former NRL players to get back to their best when coming back to the marquee competition) There we go, a few controversial points. Which I agree with of course. Come on now, let the games begin...this is going to be classic!