Cheetahs

  • Cheetahs Invited To Join PRO12?

    The South African Super rugby union outfit, Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein have denied a BBC report last week that they have been officially invited to join the Pro12 next year although they have not denied discussions with the league. With SANZAAR cutting Super Rugby from 18 teams to 15 in 2018, the Cheetahs and the Kings have emerged as the favourites to lose their status. According to a report published on the BBC website last week, the Cheetahs have already been invited to take part in the...

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  • SA Teams Will Boost PRO14 TV Income By 50%

    ... is likely, administrators have promised to find a way of retaining all lucrative derby fixtures. It is expected that the two pools will each include one team from Italy, Scotland and South Africa and two from Wales and Ireland. See also... Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North Cheetahs Invited To Join PRO12  ...

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  • Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North?

    The fate of the two South African Super Rugby franchises earmarked to be ejected from next year’s competition, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will be confirmed tomorrow (Friday 7th July) by a meeting of the SA Rugby council. What may also become clearer is whether the two are likely to switch focus and compete in the PRO12 league about to start this September. Reports suggest that PRO12 administrators would welcome the addition of the teams on conditions including a minimum guaranteed paymen...

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  • PRO14 Officially Announced

    Celtic Rugby and the South African Rugby Union have confirmed that the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will join an expanded Guinness PRO14 tournament in time for the upcoming 2017/18 season. A long-term strategic agreement has been signed by both parties which will allow the participation of two South African franchises in the renamed Guinness PRO14 Championship. An official announcement from the league trumpeted the agreement as “the first phase of expansion as the Guinness PRO14 beco...

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  • ARU Cuts The Force, Pulver Resigns

    ... competition in 2018 or beyond. A protracted and public wrangle has been carried out since April when it was decided that one Australian-based franchise was to be cut from Super 18 to make a Super 15. Two South African franchises – The Southern Kings and The Cheetahs - were also cut. The axe hovered above either the Force or the Melbourne Rebels, the country’s two under-performing teams. ARU chief executive Bill Pulver announced his resignation from the organisation stating that his five yea...

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  • Disappointing Crowds In Philadelphia And Port Elizabeth

    ... disappointing, I think they (the Kings) were very disappointed and I would say that people genuinely don't understand what the PRO14 is about." "I would say some of the locals probably underestimate what we're about in the northern hemisphere, because the Cheetahs and the Kings have been doing reasonably well in Super Rugby and they're struggling in the PRO14 this season. "It's exciting, everyone deserves huge credit for putting it together. "Mistakes that will be made, you have to make sure yo...

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  • PRO12 Expansion. Is It The Least Worst Option?

    ... get the show on the road for this September –indeed at the time of writing there is still no official confirmation of the expansion plans, with only five weeks to go before the proposed start date. In no particular order: • Will the Kings and the Cheetahs be able to get decent sides together in time? Given that many of their Super Rugby players are either contracted elsewhere for the Currie Cup or have gone overseas. • How will the expansion impact upon EPCR qualification, if at all? •...

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  • Super Sport To Broadcast PRO14

    South African broadcaster, SuperSport has joined the PRO14 roster of the broadcasting partners with a deal to cover a range of live matches in the re-designed tournament which now boasts participation by the Kings and Currie Cup champions the Cheetahs. "This is an exciting property that offers an entirely new flavour," said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport last week. "There's a particular intrigue in northern hemisphere rugby and to be part of this pioneering change presents an array of possibi...

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  • PRO14 Final In Dublin In 2018

    ... won't sit still," he told the BBC. "We had set out when I first came in that we were looking to expand rather than contract. We needed to do that to be competitive with the English league and the French league. South Africa is a huge market for us. The Cheetahs and Kings can add massively to our tournament. So let's get that right, do that well, and then look forward again." The PRO14 have also announced that Gilbert has become their official match ball partner replacing Rhino but no definite t...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    ... Governing body Sanzaar has confirmed that it is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is expected that the two South African franchises with the least support and poorest results, the Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consultative process will delay an announcement until June. The ARU have announced that one of two clubs will be cut from either Western Force in Perth o...

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