Delegates from the 239 member clubs of the WRU and those from the affiliated bodies voted four to one against the proposal put forward by the Union's general committee to reduce the number of teams in the Premier Division from nine to six.
General committee chairman Glanmor Griffiths proposed the motion for the Union, which aimed to reduce from nine to six the number of teams in the top flight as soon as 'legally practicable'.
The motion also advocated forming a Joint Venture Company, made up of equal representation from the Union and the Premier Division clubs, to run the professional club game.
In the end, though, the vote was 325 against and only 98 for.
A second motion, proposing an expansion to 12 teams in the top tier from next season, was withdrawn by one of the 10 porposing clubs, Aberavon.
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.