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.
According to a report published on the BBC website last week, the Cheetahs have already been invited to take part in the Pro12.
There have been suggestions that this should be the route that the Cheetahs and Kings may take, but until now there has been no indication that it might happen. The Pro12 is seeking ways to increase its revenue and marketability and has investigated setting up a franchise in the US.
No official statement has yet been made about the South African sides being cut from the Super competition.