Cape Town - Dragons fullback Zane Kirchner feels the inclusion of the
Cheetahs and Kings will improve the revamped European PRO14 competition.
The Dragons are grouped with Port Elizabeth based Kings in
Conference B of the tournament.
The Newport side will battle the Kings at home and away.
They will also face the Cheetahs either in Bloemfontein or at home next season.
The fixtures should be made public by next week.
Kirchner joined the Dragons from Leinster in March. The
former Springbok has linked up with numerous other South Africans including
Welsh-qualified lock Rynard Landman, tighthead prop Brok Harris, scrumhalf
Sarel Pretorius, wing Pat Howard and fullback Carl Meyer.
The Western Cape born utility-back, who last featured for
the Boks at the 2015 World Cup, is excited about the prospect of taking on his
The Kings won six games in this year's Super Rugby campaign
while the Cheetahs won just four. Former Blue Bull Kirchner still believes both
sides will enhance the PRO14.
"They will definitely enhance the Championship,"
Kirchner told South Wales Argus.
"My first season in the northern hemisphere was
definitely something different to what I was used to in terms of surface and
"Super Rugby is not an easy competition. The Cheetahs
did reasonably and last year [the Free State Cheetahs] won the Currie Cup while
the Kings have put down a couple of big names.
"Both like to play attacking rugby with an attractive
game-they are not scared to move the ball around the park.
"Coming to the northern hemisphere in the winter, that
might be a big challenge but in general they will bring some attractive
Games to be played in South Africa will be on Saturdays to
allow visiting teams seven days to prepare. Teams set to play two fixtures in
the southern hemisphere will play them back-to-back on a ‘mini tour’.
As it stands, The Kings and Cheetahs cannot qualify for