Welsh Pro14 sides Scarlets and Ospreys are set for a dramatic merger with Welsh rugby finally closing in on their widely touted overhaul.
'Project reset' will be discussed at a meeting tomorrow, but reports have already emerged indicating staff at both clubs have been made aware of the plan.
Wales would still have four regions, with the union pushing ahead with plans for a professional outfit in the north of the country.
The two west based clubs could join and begin operating as one as early as next season, according to the BBC. Traditionally local rivals, the issue of a union has lingered over the country's current Six Nations bid but an announcement appears to be imminent.
Understand players have been told today of a proposed merger between Ospreys and Scarlets. Working name of the club is Scarlet Ospreys, they will train in Swansea and play in Llanelli.
— Neil Fissler (@neilfissler) March 4, 2019
On Monday, a joint supporters group of the four regions met with the WRU and expressed "disappointment at the lack of communication during the process with supporters."
See below a brief update from our meeting this evening ... pic.twitter.com/24f60f9ZgD
— JSG Cymru (@JSGCymru) March 4, 2019