South African teams set to join Europe's Pro 12 competition

BY AP • July 19, 2017

DUBLIN (AP) The two South African teams that were dropped from Super Rugby could join Europe's Pro12 competition for its new season starting in September.

Celtic Rugby, the body that runs the Pro12, says it is in ''advanced and positive discussions'' with South Africa's rugby union over the introduction of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings to the European competition.

Those teams were both cut from Super Rugby, which is trimming down from 18 to 15 teams. One Australian team, yet to be decided, will also lose its Super Rugby status.

The Pro12 is made up of Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian clubs.

With its new season starting in two months, Celtic Rugby says ''a final decision on this potential expansion will be confirmed as soon as practical.''

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