why are our juniours so crap this year they are plain puss and it's pissin me off
Might be on to something there, kingkole!
One of the arguments against the U20s when it began, and I think it was Brian Smith or Phil Gould who bought it up, was that what happens to a player once they no longer qualify for the U20s due to being 21 or 22? They go down to NSW Cup, Bundaberg, whatever Cup and the standard in those comps will be frankly naff so if they do get a shot in the NRL they'll be even more off the pace. Also, there was the age old question about young players and their body readiness or lack thereof for regular tough body contact.
John Ackland inherited this team late last year. They've been struck by injuries as well.
perhaps the question should be asked ...
why are the best Kiwi U20 players playing for clubs outside of NZ?