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Four South African Teams In Talks To Join The Anglo-Welsh Cup

The South African invasion of the European game looks set to continue unabated.

Further to the expected announcement this week that the Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs are to join what will henceforth be known as the Pro14 competition, reports from South Africa have suggested that four more sides are in talks with Premiership Rugby to join the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The report, originating in South African newspaper Rapport (and making its way to a number of other SA sources since) suggests that negotiations are ongoing in a move which would see the four sides join the competition, which is currently contested between the twelve Premiership teams and four Welsh regions.

Currie Cup sides Pumas and Griquas are believed to be two of the four teams looking to get involved, with the other two unnamed, in an expansion that would further integrate South African rugby into the northern hemisphere.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA  - SEPTEMBER 16: Marvin Orie of the Vodacom Blue Bulls tackled by Sias Koen of the Griquas during the Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and Griquas at Loftus Versfeld, on September 16, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Indeed, it could be the shot in the arm that the Anglo-Welsh Cup needs. Long seen as the teams involved as a handy way of blooding youngsters or giving reserve players a much-needed run-out, South African involvement could be the catalyst to spark greater interest in the competition.

It could also mean that the Welsh regions would be facing South African opposition far more than everyone else, due to their involvement in the Pro12/Pro14 also.

As well as in Europe, the report also suggests that two more South African provincial sides will be looking to get involved in an American-based competition.


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