What do you think about NFL style draft combine testing for Fiji, PNG, Tonga and Samoa.
It would help the NRL find standout young players and provide a pathway into the NRL. It may increase interest in NRL in the 4 countries and it provides a fair way of allocating new talent to NRL teams.
Local registered rugby league clubs would nominate a number of their best prospects under a certain age, clubs could receive some funding or equipment for each drafted player. Players all meet at a single location for each country for a few days of testing
Measurements - Height, weight, body fat
Strength - Bench Press, vertical jump, broad jump
Speed - Sprint times over various distances
Agility - 20 meter shuttle, 3 cone drill (from NFL)
Skills - kicking accuracy, passing distance and accuracy
Vision - game simulation, pass to a player in a hole in a 3v2 situation
The best 32 players get picked for a medical, 16 players then get chosen to go into a draft. A suggestion to avoid tanking would be to give last years bottom 8 NRL teams a random top 8 draft pick, the top 8 teams would get a random bottom 8 pick.
As a prize, the 16 drafted players could get a 12 month development contract, accommodation, pre-season training with the first grade team and a guaranteed number of reserve grade games.
You could even make it into a reality TV show to recoup the costs.