Pro12 agree deal to expand next season
A deal to expand the Pro12 to 14 teams from next season has been agreed, according to BBC Scotland.
The South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings, who were cut from Super Rugby, will join the league.
The six-year deal is likely to benefit the league to the tune of an extra £6m per season from the South African Rugby Union and additional television income.
All elements of the deal have been agreed and, once legally ratified, could be formally announced next week.
The new Pro14 league will kick-off in the first week of September and will comprise two conferences of seven teams. Each conference will have one Scottish side, one South African side, one Italian side and two each from Wales and Ireland.
he winners of each conference will qualify automatically for the semi-finals, while the teams placed in second and third in each conference will be drawn together in play-offs for the remaining two semi-final places.