Rugby: Pacific Rugby Players chairman Hale T-Pole slams 'stupid' World Rugby proposal

Pacific Rugby Players chairman Hale T-Pole has labelled World Rugby either arrogant or stupid for rushing another World League proposal without consulting them.

World Rugby has released details of an amended tournament after last week's was received so poorly, but it hasn't fixed many of the major problems.

"Whoever is sitting there making the decisions has got to be a very arrogant person or stupid to think they can make these proposals and run these tournaments without the player's say," T-Pole told Newshub.

The new version has two pools - one with Six Nations teams and another with Rugby Championship sides, plus the two top-ranked tier two nations, which right now would be Fiji and Japan. The best two teams from each would advance to the semi-finals.

The major difference to last week's highly criticised proposal is there would be promotion and relegation. The bottom teams of each pool would go down and the winner of tier two's championship would go up.

However, that isn't a silver bullet for helping tier-two nations.

The ones that are promoted might be hamstrung when they do make it, according to New Zealand Players' Association boss Rob Nichol.

They are asking the Northern Hemisphere teams to come down and play three tests in July," Nichol told Newshub.

"The reality is France couldn't even get their top players to be in New Zealand for three weeks in July, because they still had club commitments. Expecting Fiji to be able to access their Northern Hemisphere players will be a massive challenge."

That could have dire consequences.

T-Pole says if players commit to test rugby, it could cost them their livelihoods.

"Clubs will then be hesitant to sign those players into a full time contract," T-Pole noted.

So, if Samoa isn't in the main tournament, don't expect a repeat of the 2015 All Blacks test. There are not cross-tier fixtures under the new proposal.

There's no simple fix. With so many stakeholders - including the wealthy clubs - the players want one thing from World Rugby.

"Rather than impose a solution on the players… engage all the players and work with the stakeholders to come up with what a solution is that could work for everyone," Nichols added.

That starts with a World Rugby meeting next week, but only if the governing body chooses to listen this time.