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PRO12 Sides Set For Cash Windfall Due To The Arrival Of South African Teams

It seems all but certain that the PRO12 will be expanded into a 14-team competition with the imminent arrival of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs who have been axed from Super Rugby by SANZAR in their aim to reduce the competition from 18 to 15 teams – one Australian franchise will also be cut. 

It’s no secret that the PRO12 are looking to expand the tournament into other markets with the aim of growing the competition in terms of its attractiveness, marketability and commercial potential. The PRO12 needs a boost but it remains to be seen whether the introduction of these two sides will solve the issues surrounding the popularity of the tournament.

One of the advantages will be an injection of money into the league as South African broadcasters will look to televise games and with this being one of the main sources of revenue for the tournament, this is quite significant.

To cover the costs of the 12 teams which are currently in the league, each club will receive €500,000 to cover the costs associated with the new teams’ introduction, as reported by The Irish Times. As one would expect, there will be a significant increase in travel costs as sides travel to South Africa to play their away fixtures.

The Irish Times is also reporting that the league will be divided into two conferences of seven teams. With the top three teams from each conference advancing to a playoff stage. With all the reports about this coming out in the media this week, it certainly looks like this will be going ahead.

All we have to wait for now is for official confirmation from the tournament organisers.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter