PRO14 Rugby has confirmed it is in ‘early discussions’ with SA Rugby about potentially expanding the tournament to include more South African franchises from 2021.
‘SA Rugby’s long-standing commitments are to field two teams in the PRO14 and in light of the withdrawal of the Southern Kings, discussions are ongoing about fulfilling this agreement from 2021 using a replacement team from its current professional franchises,’ a statement read on Wednesday.
‘Additionally, both PRO14 Rugby and SA Rugby are in early discussions about potentially expanding the tournament and deepening our partnership to include more South African franchises from 2021.’
With the Kings placed in liquidation, the franchise will not be able to participate in any competition for the foreseeable future.
It remains to be seen what fate awaits the Cheetahs, with Monday’s statement serving as the first definitive signs of SA Rugby completing a move north for more Vodacom Super Rugby sides.