A boycott of this year's World Cup in Japan is being mooted by the London-based Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PRPW) organisation to include even individuals of Pacific Island origin playing for other countries.
The International Rugby Players Council is also calling on the governing body and its member unions to enter meaningful negotiations on how to best work together in future, citing that decisions are too often reached without any opportunity for players to positively influence the outcome.
World Rugby, who was mandated by the unions to investigate the viability of an annual competition, argue that this is a short-term outlook on growth due, with the blocking of promotion and relegation reducing competitiveness. Major unions and the worldwide players' union are meeting in Dublin this week to discuss a new Nations Championship concept but club representatives have not been invited.
Australian member and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said players feel they are now not consulted enough over changes to the Test window. "Players having a genuine, and greater say, can't be undervalued".More news: U.S. dollar drops amid rising sterling
Owen Farrell, Johnny Sexton and Kieran Read voiced serious concerns over World Rugby's Nations Championship plans just two weeks ago, in IRP's first concerted mobilisation against the proposed radical Test arena shake-up.
Australian member, and Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper said following a conference call of the players' council: "We want to be part of key decisions in the game". 'Players understand, better than anyone, what happens at the coalface and how certain decisions impact both the players and the broader game, so it would be counterproductive to cast the player view aside.
A World Rugby spokesman added: "Change is always hard and nobody expected complex multi-stakeholder discussions to be simple".
Six Nations chiefs remain opposed to that inception, and that could prove the undoing of World Rugby's suggested Test game shake-up.More news: 49ers sign Tevin Coleman to two-year deal
CVC Capital Partners has made a move to take increasing ownership of rugby union by offering to buy a 30 per cent share of the Six Nations Championship and the autumn internationals in a package worth about £500 million.
CVC's deal would see the national unions within the Six Nations tournament receive a windfall of investment, but the unions would lose some control of the championship, with CVC then overseeing the tournament's commercial rights.
"The feeling on the [conference] call was that it is no longer appropriate for World Rugby and the unions to determine tournament structures, logistics and terms of participation without getting to an agreed outcome with players".More news: Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home