Throughout the continuing battle between the clubs and country over control of England players there is one glaring area of weakness, that if strengthened, would resolve the whole issue (though not painlessly). There is absolutely no leadership from either the players union or from senior national and international players. The bottom line is this, the club owners do not give a monkeys about player welfare, player development or the future quality or reputation of the English league on the world stage. As long as they continue to make bags of cash they couldn't care at all, and to make remonstrations to the contrary is blatant spin/bullshit. The players need to get a grip on this situation. They must become more like the club owners, that is more selfish and put their self-interest first. Those that have the ability and hunger to become great players will never do it playing in the national league. Great players are made on the international stage. Therefore if you play for a bog standard, mediocre international side you will never be classed as a great player in the eyes of the great rugby public. So for the love of god, get off your arses and take a stand. The solution is simple: a player strike. Say to the clubs that those who are good enough get central contracts and will play for their club side when they can. If the clubs don't like it, tough. Do not play until you get what you want. They will soon cave when the money stops rolling in. You have this right under employment law. Do it. Start to show some balls and stand up for yourselves before you all become regarded as no better than average. Those teams with central contracts will continue to pull away. Show some leadership, show some courage, and show that you are more interested in being great players than simply money grabbing leaches as the clubs are now becoming. Put simply: STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES.