Starting next year, the South African Super Rugby team will be qualified to participate in the European Champions Cup.
The Stormers, Sharks, Bulls, and Lions put back the Cheetahs and Southern Kings in an updated and expanded Pro14 and were renamed the United Rugby Championship early in September.
On Tuesday, the schedule declared that the South African team will play for the European club championship in the 2022-23 season, but the contract terms must be finalized with the European organizers.
They will unite with Pro 14 teams from wales, Dragons, Scarlets, Ospreys and Cardiff, Connacht, Ulster, Munster and Leinster from Ireland; Bennetton and Zebre of Italy and Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland.
South Africa CEO Jurie Roux said that South African rugby has for many years envisioned a future centered on rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, and this statement marks the coming of that vision.
"Our team will compete with leading clubs from four countries. These clubs are immersed in rugby tradition and folklore. They do not need to cross time zones or adapt to the environment to complete the game, as 100% of the matches will be played in South Africa prime time.
The cross-hemisphere event consists of four regional divisions-South Africa, Wales, Ireland, and a combination of Scotland and Italy-where 4 teams play at home and away, and there is a game against 12 other teams. The top eight teams enter the direct knockout stage and eventually enter the finals.