The South African Cheetahs stated that they are still in high-level discussions with South African rugby parties and sponsors to make the franchise viable. Although it has not been resolved yet where they will play next year, the idea of being able to insert the team in a tournament is still valid.
Last month, SA Rugby confirmed that its four Super Rugby franchises will be moving to the expanded PRO 14, at the expense of the Cheetahs and Kings. In a statement on its website, Ryno Opperman, president of Cheetahs, argued that the franchise “is still in high-level discussions with SA Rugby, SuperSport, sponsors, other franchises and stakeholders to ensure that they remain a valuable, viable franchise. and competitive in South African rugby and world rugby in general ”.
“The Board of Cheetahs directed their team to continue these complex, time-consuming and mostly constructive negotiations. While the Cheetahs reaffirm their entrenched rights in PRO14 and an expanded PRO16, they are actively pursuing other opportunities following the SARU general council’s decision on September 29, 2020 to include only the Bulls, Stormers, Lions and Sharks in PRO16. As rugby reorganizes and reinvents itself after the impact of COVID-19, new permutations and opportunities emerge, ”continues Opperman’s statement.
Finally, he states that “the Board continues to explore possibilities in the interest of the Cheetahs, players, staff, fans, sponsors and other interested parties.” Meanwhile, Cheetahs participates in the South African Super Rugby Unlocked where on two dates they beat Pumas 53-31 and got a valuable victory against the Bulls 19-17.