Wales head coach Warren Gatland has delayed naming his team for Saturday’s under-threat Guinness Six Nations clash against England in Cardiff.

Gatland had been due to announce the starting line-up at midday on Tuesday, although the New Zealander will still front a scheduled press conference at Wales’ training base.

Whether the game goes ahead remains in doubt amid Welsh rugby’s contractual chaos and possibility of a players’ strike.

Talks between negotiators of a new six-year financial agreement – the Professional Rugby Board – and Welsh professional players are due to take place on Wednesday.

The players want Wales’ minimum 60-cap selection rule for players plying their trade outside the country to be scrapped, a voice at PRB meetings and a review of proposed fixed-variable contracts.

Those contracts would guarantee a player only 80 per cent of their salary, with the remaining 20 per cent comprising bonuses, and is the players’ major grievance.

No long-form agreement between the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales’ four professional regions – Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – has yet been agreed in writing, mean players whose contracts expire at the end of this season currently cannot be offered new deals.

Scotland v Wales – Guinness Six Nations – BT MurrayfieldWales have lost their opening two Six Nations games (Andrew Milligan/PA)

With the clock ticking and player unrest having escalated, Gatland must somehow prepare for a game that comes on the back of Wales suffering comprehensive defeats in their opening Six Nations fixtures against Ireland and Scotland.

It is the first time for 16 years that Wales have lost their first two championship games, while three defeats from the start last happened during their 2003 Six Nations campaign under head coach Steve Hansen.

When asked if he was confident the game would go ahead, Gatland said: “Absolutely, yeah. I’m hearing positive things from both sides.

“I’m confident that with the discussions taking place, that it will get resolved today. There have been half-a-dozen meetings over the last few days or so.”

When asked if he had been given assurances the round three match at the Principality Stadium would take place, Gatland replied: “Not at the moment.”

“Hopefully everyone will turn up on Thursday raring to go on Saturday. It’s been a bit of a challenge but sometimes that galvanises people and brings them together,” the New Zealander said.

“In fairness to the players, at training this morning they put their training heads on and trained well. We had a good week last week in terms of working the players incredibly hard and they responded well to that.

“There are big things going on, we’re aware of that, but we’re pleased with how they’ve trained.

“Discussions are taking place today and hopefully the players will be happy with the outcome.

“Things will hopefully get resolved today and we can just focus on the game on Saturday.”