PRO14 organisers on Wednesday confirmed they were in talks with SA Rugby regarding the possibility of adding more South African teams in the competition.
Recent media reports indicated that the tournament could be expanded to 16 teams, with four South African franchises participating.
For the moment, South Africa is guaranteed two franchises, but PRO14 organisers admitted it could expand in the near future.
A statement on the PRO14's official website read:
The Cheetahs and Southern Kings were South Africa's two PRO14 outfits, but it is believed that SA Rugby was keen to field its four Super Rugby sides - the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers - in an expanded PRO16.
The Kings will take no further part in the 2020 season due to financial difficulties, while Griquas and the Pumas will join the other franchises in a seven-team double round of Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup.
the PRO14 statement concluded.
- Compiled by Herman Mostert