The tournament would see all 12 nations play each other in every calendar year, with a semi-final and final to crown a global champion - that latter element bringing into question the importance of the World Cup which is played every four years. The intention is for the league to be running from next year and for at least 12 years before the deal is re-negotiated.
They were also excluded from Super Rugby which is comprised mostly of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia-based teams, with one each from Japan and Argentina.
There could be a major spanner in the works of World Rugby's plans for a major shake-up to the game's worldwide setup - the players.
Ever since the controversial plans came to light, which could come into play as early as 2020, the chorus of disapproval is growing louder by the day.
But undoubtedly the World League would build a wider gulf than ever between tier one and tier two countries. "We will share more detail when we are able to", Tew said. I'm surprised that in this age we are not proactive enough in our communication levels.
"We have seen two glorious stages in our football with [Cesar Luis] Menotti and [Carlos] Bilardo, which are two different ways of understanding football", Ajax defender Tagliafico told Marca.
"It is obvious that here in New Zealand we are under pressure to retain our top talent as the global player and coach market continues to be challenging".
He said: "World Rugby are failing to respect the players views and genuinely engage on the issues. "It will be interesting to see their approach in the coming weeks knowing the current proposal does not have the players support".
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"Finding options to review that will deliver increased commercial revenues that allow Australia to have a high performing Wallaby team, keep our best talent in the country and invest in community Rugby, are not easy to find but must be explored".
The governing body is said to be proposing a revamped worldwide calendar, with the introduction of an annual 12-team competition starting next year. World Rugby should really change their name to "Richer White Countries and Japan Rugby" because they are all this proposed move serves. It is obvious that here in New Zealand we are under pressure to retain our top talent as the worldwide player and coach market continues to be challenging.
"It is fair to say that taking all of that into account, managing multiple stakeholders is complex".
Players have lent their support for the concept of the new tournament over the past year, but as a group have chose to speak publicly about their worries surrounding the detail of the competition format that has been shopped to stakeholders in recent months.
"Having said all that there are some fundamentals that New Zealand Rugby has made very clear from the outset".
Pichot admits it needs work, but thought must also be given to ensuring the competition is full of "meaningful matches".
Pacific Rugby Players Welfare represents 600 mostly Europe-based professional players and is discussing and debating a motion proposed by a group of senior test-playing representatives that members make themselves unavailable for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.