WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis has admitted the on-going dispute with the Welsh regions has tarnished the image of Welsh rugby in the world game.
The Union head will meet counterparts from the other five European Unions today to try and thrash out a firmer vision of how they see European club competitions developing ahead of further discussions with the umbrella body representing the Welsh sides, Regional Rugby Wales.
The WRU are waiting to hear back from RRW with regards to a renewed Participation Agreement offered to the four regions earlier this month, but while those negotiations rumble on, the public spat that has been played out has, Lewis believes, damaged the image of the Welsh game.
Both the union and regions have issued regular statements through the media over the course of the European negotiations.
However in a thinly veiled jibe at his Regional Rugby Wales counterparts Lewis made clear he would rather any discussions had been kept behind closed doors.
Regional Rugby Wales are currently assessing the latest offer to play under the auspices of the WRU. A decision is expected by the end of the month.