Representatives from the Welsh regions, the Six Nations, Premiership Rugby and French clubs will meet at Heathrow on Tuesday amid rising hopes of a breakthrough to secure the future of European club rugby, according to The Telegraph.
The paper reports that the fact that all the representatives of the European game will attend the same meeting for the first time since October is being viewed as an indication that a deal may yet be possible for the start of next season.
Substitute Ben Botica kicked a 78th-minute penalty to keep alive Harlequins' European campaign and give them a consolation prize of an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final place.
Quins, already out of Heineken Cup last-eight contention, moved into the Amlin knockout phase along with Northampton and Gloucester by prevailing in west Wales.
They secured the final Amlin spot for three Heineken runners-up when Botica rifled over the winning kick just two minutes from time.
Wales centre Scott Williams looked to have claimed the Pool Four encounter's decisive touchdown, which followed earlier Scarlets tries by scrum-half Gareth Davies and flanker Aaron Shingler, while Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty and conversion.
Quins scored three tries of their own - full-back Mike Brown, wing Ollie Lindsay-Hague and scrum-half Karl Dickson the scorers - and Nick Evans booted two conversions during a game when the visitors led 14-7 and 19-15 before they finally sealed victory.
The Scarlets looked to be safe as the clock ticked down, but Quins kept going and their reward is an Amlin last-eight clash away to Stade Francais in early April.
But the Scarlets are left to concentrate solely on domestic business following three defeats from six Heineken starts this term.
And it means that none of the Welsh regions - Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons - have secured a place in either the Heineken or Amlin quarter-finals for a second successive season.
The Ospreys have been beaten by Northampton at the Liberty Stadium in the Heineken Cup this afternoon. The English visitors were the stronger side - running in three tries to the Ospreys' two. Wales wing George North was among the scorers for Northampton who won by twenty-nine points to seventeen.
The Scarlets have suffered a heavy defeat away at Clermont in the Heineken Cup. They were beaten 32 points to 11 by the French giants. Simon Easterby's men will now welcome today's winners to Parc y Scarlets for the return fixture next weekend in Round 4 of the competition.
The Ospreys will look to earn their first victory in this season's Heineken Cup this evening when they take on Castres away. The Pool 1 strugglers have lost both of their opening European fixtures at home to Leinster and more recently away at Northampton.
Meanwhile Cardiff Blues will also be hoping to lift themselves up from the bottom of Pool 2, when they welcome Glasgow to the Arms Park.
The Blues have enjoyed mixed fortunes in Europe so far, after a 44-29 defeat away at Exeter, before they clinched an historic 19-15 win at home to Heineken Cup holders Toulon.
That competition is also in the sights of English and French clubs who have previously said they will take no part in a continuation of the Heineken which they see as containing unfair distribution of money and unbalanced qualification criteria.
Regional Rugby Wales have made no comment on the matter and there is no indication from the union's joint statement as to which clubs or regions will be taking part.