So. It very much looks like the Pro12 is having 2 South African teams inducted into the league in time for this coming season. I'm excited at the proposition of new competition in the league, but not sure this is the right way forward for the league. But, the most important developement is the Italian club Zebre has gone bust, and been taken back in hand by the IFR. The current debate is wether the Pro12 is becoming a Pro14 - with the league split into 2 groups of 7 (something which IMO will kill it from a fan/spectators point of view). Or wether the 2 Italian clubs will be removed, keeping the league as the Pro12 with the current format continuing. Currently, the IRB are holding meetings in Italy about this, and looking for an answer. All very interesting. The reason I posted in here, instead of starting a new thread is: If the 2 Italian clubs are removed from the Pro12, you have to assume, sadly, that Italian rugby is going to go backwards. This could well be the beginning of the end for Italy in the 6N.