Now, this is just an idea, but could there be mutual benefits to be had from both the provincial sides, and super 14 clubs in the short term, and Ireland in the long term if some sort of deal could be brokered between the parties concerned for some sort of "lend lease" agreement with a pool or the non-international players from super 14 to be loaned to the provinces during at least part of the Super 14 off season, and a "draft" (Jez i sound like a yank) of international players for the Heineken Cup (similar to the deal which took Dan Carter to Perpignan, without the bundles of cash)? This, short term, obviously, would increase an Irish hold on the Heineken Cup, and with that it would increase interest in provincial/celtic league rugby. In the longer term the youth teams of the provinces, and most of the players would benefit from training and playing with Southern Hemisphere internationals so would become better players themselves, and this of course would give Ireland an even better pool of players of the six nations, and ultimately a better chance of winning the World Cup. A strong selling point to Super 14 teams and boards would be much similar to the above, as with european/celtic league experience their players would return to Super 14 with more experience of playing with and against different international players. And perhaps come B & I Lions time, younger players of the Lions may not be over awed when playing against a tri-nations team as they would have had experience plying with and against tri-nations players in the Heineken Cup and or Celtic League. Just an idea, but thoughts of others would be nice.