BREAKING: Super Rugby side may be about to join the PRO12
The Super Rugby side, Cheetahs, who are based in Bloemfontein have been approached by the Pro 12 according to BBC Scotland with a view to joining the league.
Two South African franchises will be cut from Super Rugby from 2018, amid a downsizing of the competition.
Cheetahs and the Port Elizabeth-based Kings are widely expected to lose their Super Rugby status.
This speculation is thought to have prompted an invitation from the Pro12 – the league has explored options for expansion in North America and other parts of Europe, as it aims to generate more revenue and tap into new markets.