We often bemoan the All Blacks helping the Melbourne Storm over the Warriors but people forget just how instrumental the Warriors were in forcing the All Blacks hand in conceding to professionalism. For the longest time it was the All Blacks that held to power of balance and they were totally against going pro. They soon realised that they were going to get left behind with the popularity of the Winfield Cup and the realisation that the Warriors were actually going to become a reality. It was former All Black captain Graham Mourie who woke them all up. Also what you say about the All Blacks having deals and the main one being Jonah Lomu who had just lit up the 1995 Rugby World Cup...In Walter little and frank bunces book they said if rugby hadn't gone professional after the 95 World Cup, the entire all black backline would've been playing nrl in 96- they all had deals ready to sign.