South Africa joined the Guinness Pro14 tournament in August 2017 with two teams, the Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings. The Guinness Pro14 is one of the three major professional leagues in Europe and is run by Celtic Rugby Limited, an Irish private company based in Dublin. Club sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales also take part in this competition.

The history

Known as the Celtic League at its inception in 1999, the tournament has progressively grown to include more teams. In 2011 it was renamed as the Pro 12 to reflect the inclusion of teams outside the Celtic nations. The tournament was expanded from 12 to 14 teams in 2017, with two South African teams joining the league. A sponsorship deal with Guinness was signed at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, hence the name Guinness Pro 14.



Isuzu Southern Kings

25 Jan | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Toyota Cheetahs

Toyota Cheetahs

01 Feb | Toyota Stadium


Isuzu Southern Kings

Munster Rugby

14 Feb | Irish Independent Park


Isuzu Southern Kings


04 Jan |Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Zebre Rugby Club

41 - 13

Toyota Cheetahs

04 Jan |RDS Arena

Leinster Rugby

54 - 7

Connacht Rugby

04 Jan |BT Murrayfield

Edinburgh Rugby

61 - 13

Isuzu Southern Kings