With English and French clubs drawing up plans for a breakaway competition - the Rugby Champions Cup - Dodson, who was a staunch defender of the Heieneken Cup's status quo when he addressed the issue a year ago, signalled the significant shift in the SRU's thinking when he spoke at the tournament's Scottish launch at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome yesterday.
Indeed, Dodson put a positive spin on the prospect of the Scottish clubs having to fight for their places in the competition, losing privileges they have previously enjoyed regardless of form in domestic tournaments.
"We cannot be frightened of it," said Dodson. "I'm not frightened of making sure that we can qualify into a merit-based competition. We would prefer to have one club guaranteed [a place] but the fact of the matter is that if we are going to compete in Europe and be serious about the Heineken Cup then we have to have teams that can play at that standard.
"The whole reason we are investing in Glasgow and reconstructing Edinburgh is so that they can compete at the top end. We understand that we have to be stronger. It is not catastrophic if we do not have a guaranteed two teams."
The seeds of the dispute were planted when Premier Rugby Ltd, the English clubs' umbrella organisation, agreed a deal for coverage of domestic and European matches with BT Sport. That put ERC, the Heineken Cup organisers in an impossible position, having already signed an agreement with Sky, the current broadcasters.
A 15-month impasse led to PRL announcing their Anglo-French tournament last month, although they also said they would be happy for Celtic and Italian sides to be part of it.
However, Dodson, an ERC board member, denied a suggestion that the organisation had been slow to react to the looming threat of a split. "It is a fair point that people are cheesed off that we haven't been able to put things together," he said. "But it presupposes that we have put nothing on the table and we have not been prepared to negotiate.
"We have been prepared to negotiate right from day one, but we have been portrayed as a Celtic block who refused to budge. That has never been the case and it won't be the case when we meet again."
Gregor Townsend, Glasgow's head coach, urged the warring factions to reach a solution to keep the Heineken Cup alive beyond this season. "It would be madness not to have it," Townsend said.
n Nick Williams has agreed a contract extension with Ulster until 2016. The New Zealand
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