Both teams have opted for a settlement with SA Rugby, and
will now turn their focus to exploring other international competitions – widely
believed to be
The announcement was made prior to a special general meeting
of SA Rugby in
The new structure will comprise of four teams from
The four SA Super Rugby competitors for next year were confirmed to be the Bulls, the Stormers, the Lions and the Sharks.
According to SA Rugby, the Cheetahs decided on an “amicable” settlement with SA Rugby after their board reviewed the team’s future.
“It will be an exciting challenge for our players, supporters and commercial partners and it will be the start of a new chapter for rugby both in our region and in South Africa,” Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster said.
“Also, it will allow the Cheetahs to carve out a new and
prominent place on the rugby map in
Meanwhile, the Kings also accepted the opportunity to enter into a different competition overseas and EP Kings president André Rademan said that they were looking forward to the chance to “test themselves against different opposition in different conditions”.
“It has been a rollercoaster ride for the franchise for a number of seasons, but there is now a clear and viable way forward for rugby in the Eastern Cape to build on the foundations that have been laid – particularly in the past season,” Rademan said.
“We have enjoyed Super Rugby, but the chance to test ourselves against different opposition in different conditions is a mouth-watering one.
"We are therefore not opposed to joining new competitions.
With all stakeholders pulling in the same direction, we can bring success and
excitement to rugby in the
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said: “I want to thank the Cheetahs and the Kings for the mature and professional manner in which they approached and managed this difficult situation. They took decisions that will not only benefit them, but also SA Rugby in general.”