Unsurprisingly, it caused quite a stir as fans learned about the exciting two conference system and new Finals Series which will see six teams fight it out for the Guinness PRO14 trophy.
We’ve been keeping an eye across social media and picked out some of key reactions to the announcement and put them all in one place for you:
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is hugely excited by the new challenge presented to his squad as he prepares them for the new season.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) August 1, 2017
Peter Jackson is confident this is a step in the right direction not only for the Guinness PRO14, but also for the entirety of global rugby.
Far from being criticised the Pro14 should b lauded as new frontiersmen with the vision to change global structure. This is just the start.
— Peter Jackson (@JackoRugby) August 1, 2017
Glasgow Warriors’ managing director Nathan Bombrys thinks the addition of the South Africa will add a brilliant new rugby culture to the league.
— Glasgow Warriors 🏉 (@GlasgowWarriors) August 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Warriors players Zander Fagerson and Stuart Hogg cannot wait to get started.
excited about the two new teams and the conference’s. I now can’t wait to get started 👍🏻 #GUINNESSPRO14
— Zander Fagerson (@ZanderFagerson) August 1, 2017
Exciting times for @PRO12rugby league. Another couple of teams bringing different challenges. Bring on the new season… @GlasgowWarriors
— Stuart W Hogg (@StuartWHOGG_) August 1, 2017
Former France international Serge Betsen was certainly impressed with the Guinness PRO14 development.
— Serge Betsen (@SBetsen) August 2, 2017
Referee Nigel Owens is also counting down to the new season and the addition of two new teams to get to know.
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) August 1, 2017
Former Benetton Treviso player and coach Franco Smith is now in charge of the Cheetahs and think the changes are a great opportunity for South African rugby.
— Toyota Cheetahs (@CheetahsRugby) August 2, 2017
Cardiff Blues lock, and former Cheetahs player George Earle has added his insight into what the South Africans sides will bring to the Guinness PRO14.
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) August 1, 2017
New Edinburgh Rugby coach Richard Cockerill described the move as “groundbreaking” when he gave his reaction to the news.
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) August 1, 2017
Italian Rugby president Alfredo Gavazzi is positive about the changes, this is the first expansion to the league since the two Italian sides joined in 2011
— Italrugby (@Federugby) August 1, 2017
While former player Rory Lawson likes the new-look Finals Series which will six teams fight it out to reach the final and have a chance of lifting the Guinness PRO14 trophy.
And former South African international Schalk Brits hopes this is just the start for South African teams competing regularly against those from Europe.
Hopefully in futures we’ll see more South African teams joining the north!!!
— Schalk Brits (@SchalkBrits) August 1, 2017
Former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton expects a boost in crowd numbers this coming season.
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) August 1, 2017
Meanwhile Connacht captain John Muldoon is simply looking forward to escaping to some warmer weather during the new Guinness PRO14 season.
— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) August 1, 2017