Wales' four rugby regions have welcomed the agreement of a new European competition structure, which the say provides "a positive way forward".
Rugby Champions Cup - replaces Heineken Cup. 20 teams: 6 English and French clubs, 7 from Pro 12 including best placed side from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy. Final place decided by England/France playoff.
Challenge Cup - 20 teams, including 18 from Pro 12, Premiership and Top 14 + 2 other countries.
Qualifying Competition - 12-18 teams from developing nations and Italy
NEW MANAGING BODY:
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). Replaces ERC
An extra £1m a year for Welsh regions
Competition funding split equally between member leagues
SHARED BROADCASTING RIGHTS:
Sky and BT to show joint coverage of European competitions
The future of European rugby has been secured after all parties agreed to a new competition structure from the 2014/15 season.
The new three tier system will feature all test nations and see Welsh regions gain around an extra million pounds a year. But they'll only be one guaranteed placce in the top level, with the others determined on merit.
But they'll only be one guaranteed place in the top level - with the others determined on merit. The WRU say tonight's decision is an important landmark for the european game.
The new tournament will involve 20 teams, not 24, there'll be 6 from the Aviva Premiership, 6 from the French Top 14 and 7 from the Pro12.
The final place will then be decided by a play-off.
It sees the end of two years of dispute and disharmony.
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 Scarlets have just kicked off in their Heineken Cup tie at Clermont. Simon Easterby's men will be looking to extend their lead at the top of Pool 4 with a tough win in France.