Packer is believed to be setting up an international circus designed to win the battle against Rupert Murdoch for televised rugby union supremacy in the Southern hemisphere.
Bishop said: "English players would be on the outside of our game if they signed up. They would relinquish all rights in English rugby. If they went, they would be on their own."
Packer wants to launch his international teams outside the authority of the domestic unions. If a player were to sign, he would probably take on the status of a professional and therefore be banned.Reuse content