PRO Rugby could be reaching out beyond American shores. According to a report by George Byron in the South Africa Weekend Post PRO Rugby CEO Doug Schoninger is set to have a meeting with the South African Rugby Union about potentially buying the Eastern Province Kings. Eastern Province, who runs the Southern Kings in Super Rugby and the Kings in the Currie Cup, have been in severe financial trouble over the past few years. The team has not been able to pay players and the SARU took control of the teams. The SARU have been actively looking for a buyer for the team for awhile.
In the article Schoninger mentioned that he sees a lot of benefits for rugby in America and the Eastern Province if the deal were to go through. He even talked about having American players in the Currie Cup. How exactly all of this plays out is yet to be seen. After all, meetings like this are not uncommon. It is a good sign that a meeting is happening which means it's moved beyond the initial phase but talks could die down at any point.
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There is no question that a move could have an impact on both American rugby and South African rugby. PRO Rugby has long identified South Africa as a place for potential players because they are a good level but also affordable. America has also long identified an interest in Super Rugby. This could accomplish multiple goals if, and that's still a question at this point, it is pulled off.