News broke this morning that South Africa’s Southern Kings and the Cheetahs could join the PRO12 in September.
Reports had circled for a number of months that Springbok or Australian teams could join the league in the future but many had expected to take several years for it to materialise if it ever did.
However, BBC Sport Wales are claiming both franchises will, in fact, join teams from the home nations this September.
The news isn’t sitting well with rugby fans and most are very apprehensive about the addition of more fixtures and challenging logistics.
— Davo (@DavoteK) June 30, 2017
WOW Kings and Cheetahs join the #Pro12. What is this madness?!
Glad they don't have to fold but jesus, it's weird.
— Handsome Neil (@NeilWilmer) June 30, 2017
South African sides Southern Kings and Cheetahs will join the PRO12. Not sure what to make of it, but can't imagine many will be too keen.
— Kristian Ross (@Kristian7Ross) June 30, 2017
As much as I don't want either the Southern Kings or the Cheetahs to go under, not sure I'm a big fan of the Pro12 expansion.
— Dreamcatcher (@AMSinclair97) June 30, 2017
— Matt Cassidy (@Cass_maitias) June 30, 2017
Reckless expansion screwed up Super Rugby. Pro12 vanity project in danger of doing the same thing.
— Alasdair Reid (@AlasdairReid3) June 30, 2017
Really dislike the idea personally. The Pro12 need for globalisation is difficult to comprehend.
— Craig Woodburn (@Charlie_Whisky) June 30, 2017
Over on our Facebook page, you have been equally unimpressed with this morning’s developments.
It remains to be seen how exactly the expansion will work but all should become clearer in the coming weeks with the governing body Sanzaar officially cutting the size of the Super Rugby league on July 7th. News of how and when the Cheetahs and Kings will make the move should then filter out.
For the time being, it’s hard not to agree with some of the above comments with the logistics of the new fixtures surely set to cause chaos in a league that is already struggling.