The Welsh Rugby Union has offered to temporarily centrally contract leading Welsh internationals as uncertainty continues over the future of the European club game.
The offer includes taking full control of selected players' contracts in an attempt to secure the services of players such as Wales captain Sam Warburton, whose current contract expires at the end of this season.
While expressing a desire to stay in Wales, he has become the target of top European clubs eyeing his region's inability to offer a new deal while financial uncertainty continues.
When consensus is reached on European rugby the WRU says it will then offer to revert the contracts back to the regions once their financial future is secured.
Negotiations over a new European competition to take the place of the European Rugby Cup Ltd-run Heineken Cup continue for a second day in Dublin today, although no final decision is expected to be reached.
ITV News understands that advanced discussions are taking place for a format that would include all three nations regions joining English and French clubs in a pan-European competition that will include all current participants of the Heineken and Amlin Cups.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis met with the four Welsh regions on Monday where he made the offer to them, although there has been no formal reaction to the idea from them.