The Southern Kings will keep their name during the 2018-19 Pro14 season after fans were asked to vote on a potential change.
The two Pro14 conferences will remain unchanged for the 2018-19 season to ensure a balance of fixtures following the competition’s expansion last season.
Chief executive Martin Anayi says the introduction of the Cheetahs and Kings to the Pro14 was ‘overwhelmingly positive’.
Former Stormers wing Bjorn Basson is reportedly exploring the possibility of joining the Kings ahead of the 2018-19 Pro14 season.
SA Rugby says the Eastern Province Rugby Union has fulfilled all the criteria required to complete its transition out of administration.
Fiji Sevens flyer Meli Rokoua has been included in the Kings’ 29-man provisional squad for the 2018-19 Pro14 season.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander says they are close to adopting a draft system that will assist the Cheetahs and Kings with improving their squads.
Pro14 boss Martin Anayi says that the South African teams taking part in the competition should be eligible for European Champions Cup qualification.
CEO André Rademan has invited supporters to make recommendations should any potential name changes be brought to the Southern Kings ahead of the new Pro14 season.
Kings forwards coach Barend Pieterse will join Allister Coetzee’s backroom staff at the Canon Eagles.