Two New Teams Set To Join The PRO12 This Coming Season
South African teams Cheetahs and Southern Kings are set to join the Pro12 as early as September 2017.
The two sides are expected to be cut from Super Rugby on Friday, 7 July when governing body Sanzar reduces the size of the competition. That will pave the way for them to join teams from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy in a 14-team league.
The new format is set to start for the 2017-18 season, rather than the following year, as previously reported.
Teams will play on a home and away basis but what has yet to be agreed is the format of the competition, whether it will be played as one 14-team league or two conferences of seven.