South African Team Given Formal Invite To Play In Pro12

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

Currently, the league sometimes known as the Celtic League, comprises of teams representing Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy, but South African-based Cheetahs could be joining the league.

Super Rugby now features 18 teams but that will be cut to 15 for next season.

With SANZAAR cutting Super Rugby from 18 teams to 15 in 2018, and with two South African teams set to get the chop, the Cheetahs and the Kings have emerged as the favourites to lose their Super Rugby status.

Cheetahs Rugby CEO Harold Verster confirmed to Jacaranda FM Sport that he is aware of the proposed offer based on the type of game that the Cheetahs play, but denies any official approach by the Pro12 Company.

This speculation is thought to have prompted an invitation from the Pro12 - the league has explored options for expansion in North America and other parts of Europe, as it aims to generate more revenue and tap into new markets.

A spokesperson from the PRO12 declined to comment when approached by the BBC but it appears as though they have made overtures to the South African side. The Southern Kings are also said to be under threat of losing their status in the southern hemisphere's marquee franchise rugby competition.

It is widely expected that the Australian team to be cut will either be the Western Force or the Melbourne Rebels.

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