South African rugby teams, the Kings and the Cheetahs, who have both been axed from the Super Rugby competition, will join the expanded Pro14 European competition.
SANZAR announced earlier this year, it would be returning to 15 teams from 18, with three teams facing the chop. Two South African teams and one Australian team.
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“The arrival of the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings marks a bold and exciting new chapter for the Pro14 as a global rugby championship,” Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi said.
“As a country, South Africa is a rugby powerhouse of over 55 million people.
“These teams already operate to the high standards demanded by Super Rugby and they will add to the quality of our tournament.”