Super Rugby Side Receive Formal Invitation To Join The PRO12
The Cheetahs have been formally invited to join the PRO12.
The Super Rugby side based in Bloemfontein have been approached by the league according to BBC Scotland. Two South African franchises will be cut from Super Rugby from 2018, amid a downsizing of the competition.
The Cheetahs and the Port Elizabeth-based Kings are widely expected to lose their Super Rugby status. A PRO12 spokesman declined to comment when approached by BBC Scotland. The South African Rugby Union is also eager to align with a northern hemisphere tournament in future.
As well as the two discarded South African sides, Australia will also lose one of its five representatives in the competition, with the Western Force favourites to lose their status.