SRU chief executive Mark Dodson confirmed he has pushed for an extra eight teams in future Heineken European Cups.
The English and French want qualification on merit and a reduction from 24 to 20 teams.
But Dodson says: “We have put forward a 32-team format and will see where that goes.”
That could end a damaging dispute and a system where the two best group runners-up go through to the knock-out stage.
n WATSON’S College will tomorrow evening bid to reach the semi-final of the Brewin Dolphin Under-18 Scottish Schools cup when they entertain Hutchesons’s Grammar at Myreside.
Already through are Merchiston Castle, Dundee High and Stewart’s Melville, who ended Edinburgh Academy’s reign with a 15-10 win with tries by Ryan Frost and Russell Grant. n UNBEATEN Ulster are set to give a first start to full-back Rick Andrew against Edinburgh in the Pro 12 tomorrow.