The Cheetahs are reportedly set to face Australia’s Western Force in four games this year as they wait for confirmation of their future participation in the European Challenge Cup.
According to Sunday newspaper Rapport, the two teams will face off in Bloemfontein on 26 August and 2 September as well as in Perth on 30 September and 7 October.
This comes as the Cheetahs await word from the EPCR regarding their involvement in the Challenge Cup next season. The Free Staters made a strong debut in difficult conditions and progressed to the tournament’s last 16, despite having to play their home games in Parma.
The Cheetahs only had a one-season contract to play in the Challenge Cup, but chief executive Ross van Reenen is confident they will return next season.
“Dominic McKay, chairman of the EPCR (governing body of European club rugby), says they will look at the structure again at the end of next month,” Van Reenen told Rapport.
“However, I remain very positive about our future participation in the Challenge Cup.”
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