England coach Steve McNamara feels that State of Origin is no longer the absolute peak of rugby league.
“We’ve all looked at it as the best players playing against each other over the last 10 years,” he told reporters.
“Well it’s a great concept, but not all the best players in the world are in that competition.
“The dynamic for me has changed on that. We all admire it and really enjoy watching it – but now there’s quite a few of the best players in the world not involved in it. It’s not quite best versus best.”