The immediate future of the Guinness PRO12 – or proposed PRO14 – is to be discussed by the league organisers on Tuesday.

The BBC is reporting: “Governing body Celtic Rugby is expected to confirm next week that South African teams Southern Kings and Cheetahs will be invited into the PRO12 competition.

“Board members are set to meet in Dublin on Tuesday, July 18 to discuss the tournament’s immediate future.

“The South African franchises, who play their final Super Rugby game on Friday, would join 12 teams from Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland from September.

“The revamp could see the league divided into two conferences of seven teams.

“If agreed, that would see teams play their conference rivals home and away, but they are expected to also play against teams in the other conference at least once.”

Whether or not the South African teams do join the league fans in Scotland will be keen to see the matter resolved soon so that the fixtures for 2017/18 can be released.

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