Cape Town - After nine years of sharing a Super Rugby franchise with neighbours, Griquas and the Griffons, the Free State Cheetahs will in 2016 be the sole shareholder of the Cheetahs franchise.
The franchise was previously called the central franchise, consisting of Free State, Griquas and the Griffons.
While Griquas and the Griffons will no longer be part of the franchise, a spokesperson for the Cheetahs confirmed to Sport24 that players from their neighbour provinces will still be considered for selection by mutual agreement.
The new logo is a compilation of the Cheetahs’ Super Rugby and Free State Cheetahs’ Currie Cup logos.
The colours in the logo represent the Free State Cheetahs and the headline sponsor, Toyota.
The Cheetahs start their Super Rugby campaign on February 26, 2016 when they take on the Los Jaguares team from Argentina. New Cheetahs logo