Compensation calls have hollow ring in free market
So Ospreys boss Andrew Hore, a New Zealander, has backed calls for a mechanism to compensate countries that develop players and then see them sign for teams in other countries.
He calls it a transfer fee. As you'll read later it's the Kiwis who have the biggest cheek in all of this though.
The country Hore thinks is losing players at the moment is Wales who, thanks to Warren Gatland, a simple game plan, and some tough fitness stuff, have won a Grand Slam.
The theory is that one country, in this case Wales, has developed a player and then he's plucked away from them to play somewhere else.
It is a complete load of nonsense. Just because it's happening to Wales doesn't mean it becomes an international crisis.
Scotland lock Richie Gray will be playing in England next season
What everyone seems to forget in all of this is that the other country now pays for your players. They are off your wage bill. And that frees up money to develop others and to a greater extent the players you've lost are still available to play for you.
Wales is not losing its stars because of some skullduggery, it's because the Welsh money men aren't ploughing enough into the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union isn't paying the players as much as it might on its central contracts.
Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins, Dragons lock Luke Charteris and Ospreys hooker Huw Bennett are the latest Welshmen heading for France, while flanker Dan Lydiate, wing George North, and centre Jamie Roberts are also said to be going overseas.
Welsh players are moving because they will be paid more money to play in France, simple as that.
The bigger picture is interesting in that it impacts Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Georgia to a large extent if the direction we are going is from smaller rugby nations to bigger ones, but the Kiwis have tabled this motion as New Zealand rugby loses on average 100 players every year. The IRB are to look at it.
The Kiwis, for generations, have been offering school scholarships to Samoans, Fijians and Tongans so that they can be used by the All Blacks and now they cry foul the other way.
It's a joke. And anyway, developing players are paid buttons.
One of the great things about the world is that people can move freely. People, if international laws allow, can work where there is money to pay them.
On the flip side, there is logic in each country deciding how many overseas players can play in its league - as long as it complies with international trade laws - but to allow another layer of bureaucracy where agents take their cut of another layer of transfer money sounds illogical.
So, if I were the SRU for instance, I'd let players who wish to leave do just that so that someone else might pay the bill and a few hundred thousand pounds are freed up to develop players.
And as far as both Edinburgh and Glasgow are concerned, the next bit of spending they'll need to monitor is the signing of overseas players as a quick fix rather than trusting the youngsters coming through.
But international business has to be transparent, and if the New Zealanders really want paying for the players they are losing just now then they should pay billions to the islands from which they have taken players for thirty years.
As for the Welsh, if they want to keep their players, their union needs to cough up more money. It's a free market in rugby players.
Or am I being unfair?