With the Currie Cup semi finals and final scheduled for the end of January, SA Rugby franchises will have little time to prepare for the Rainbow Cup which will start on the 17 April 2021.
The Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers will join 12 clubs from the PRO14 in this competition.
The South African Franchises will make each a three-match tour to Europe while all the 12 PRO14 sides will play in South Africa.
The competition will run from the 17 April till the final on the 19 June 2021.
It was always important for SA Rugby to have an international domestic competition and the Rainbow Cup will be a great competition for the South African teams.
The Rainbow Cup is a means to a long-term partnership with the PRO14 and hopefully clarity on an expanded PRO competition will be announced soon.
Rassie Erasmus is excited about the new competition and see it as great preparation for the Lions Series in July.
It will be a huge step up from the domestic competition which was played since the restart and according to Erasmus the players need to step up.
The 16 teams in the Rainbow Cup will be divided into two pools of eight teams made up of two Irish, two South African, two Welsh and one Italian and Scottish side.
Each team will play one game against each pool opponent and the sides finishing top of their pools will face off in the final.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber believes this competition will be very different to Super Rugby. It will asked different questions from the players and coaches
The current Guinness PRO14 competition will conclude with a final on March 27.