After the playing calendar for 2020-2032 was announced by World Rugby, the Toyota Cheetahs could be offered a two-year payment from South African, New Zealand, and Australian Rugby (SANZAAR) if they are removed from Super Rugby, according to media reports.
As the competition will be reduced from 18 to 15 teams from 2018, South Africa could lose two teams with the Cheetahs and Southern Kings possibly being removed from the tournament. As such, media reports have stated that the Cheetahs could receive a two-year payment as they are still a Super Rugby entity under the current agreement.
Although, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said that no decision has been taken, the Cheetahs’ managing director, Harold Verster, stated that only two teams - one each from South Africa and Australia - would be eliminated in what would become a 16-team competition.
Andy Marinos, CEO of SANZAAR said in statement: "Following two days of robust discussion there are a number of tournament considerations that now require further discussion and consultation. This includes final consultation within the national unions and discussion with key stakeholders that would allow the adoption of changes proposed by the strategic plan.
“SANZAAR will make a formal statement on the future of the organisation, Super Rugby and the tournament format in the coming days once these further meetings have been concluded.”
SANZAAR has reportedly put a May 2017 deadline to finalise which teams will be cut from the competition and to finalise the format for 2018.