World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot has weighed in on the debate surrounding the proposed global league, saying he isn't confident the competition will be ready to launch next year as planned.
International Rugby Players President Jonathan Sexton has hit out at the newly proposed 12-team World Rugby tournament which could begin as early next year.
2019 World Cup hosts Japan and the U.S. would also be invited to join New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa in the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship, the New Zealand Herald reported on Thursday.
This is in reaction to ongoing speculation and inaccurate information in the public sphere, which World Rugby can not yet publicly address owing to the fluid and sensitive nature.
However, Gosper was adamant those fears about being excluded were groundless.
But he said it's not simply about including nations based on world rankings.
Read has joined a number of rugby's top players in speaking out over the 12-team tournament and its impact on player welfare and Tier 2 nations.
Leading players, including Ireland's Johnny Sexton and England captain Owen Farrell, criticised the proposal on Thursday, raising concerns over workload, increased long-haul travel, shortage of recovery time and a lack of opportunities for Tier Two nations.
World Rugby's commitment to player welfare matters is unwavering and we will continue to engage and give full consideration to the welfare of players within the ongoing discussions.
What do the players say?
The governing body is said to be proposing a revamped global calendar, with the introduction of an annual 12-team competition starting next year.
Gosper is a former player who turned out for Racing Club in the amateur era while working in advertising in Paris. We cannot add to the work load burden of our players with out making other adjustments and we are also mindful of the role of our other competitions Investec Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup.
"There are 18-year-old young Samoans, Tongans and Fijians now who will now be looking at "who do I make myself eligible for" because if I play for my home country I will never play in the bright lights of Twickenham and possibly will never have the opportunity to play the All Blacks or Australia", he said.
World Rugby have said discussions are ongoing with the various stakeholders, with Nigel Melville of the Rugby Football Union adding the proposals have yet to be finalised. "It is well documented that the game is under pressure to grow revenues so the game from the community level up can thrive", Tew said.
Leo said they have the backing of Pacific Rugby Players, the players' union with 400 male and female members, "to fend off this world-be threat to the survival of Pacific Island rugby".
"The players have to be heard and it's massively important that they are, especially at worldwide level where they are expected to play - and don't get me wrong they want to play - big games", Kruis said.