A Different League?

Whilst most of the rugby world is focussed on the Lions and the other international tours, rumours are still rife about the future of the Pro12.

This is not new – the addition of teams from South Africa and the States have long been mentioned – as has the ditching of the two Italian sides.

There has even been mention that a team from Georgia and the Germany Federation have had talks with Pro12 chiefs.

The revamp of the league seems almost inevitable because of the finances, attendances and prestige compared to the English Premiership or France’s Top 14.

 

The 2017/8 season is likely to be the last in the present format for the Pro12.

The States seems less likely than South Africa to me – the time zone and lower interest being trumped by the availability of two Super rugby teams who need a new home.

The BBC reported earlier this month that the Cheetahs had been formally invited to join the Pro12.

At the time, the Bloemfontein-franchise said that the matter was “sub judice”.

However last Sunday, Afrikaans newspaper Rapport indicated that SA Rugby and the Cheetahs had come to an agreement for them to exit Super Rugby and join the PRO12.

But when probed on the matter this week, the Cheetahs stood by their initial statement.

According to Netwerk24, a statement issued by the Cheetahs on Monday read: “The matter remains sub judice. No decision has been made. Any rumours regarding Super Rugby and the PRO12 are premature and unfounded. No further comment regarding this matter will be made.”

Interesting times.

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