# cheetahs

This year
# Home and Away
South African sides to play in Europe if they earn 'home' Champions Cup semis
The Sharks have won three from three so far, while the Bulls and Stormers have impressed too.
Last year
# Ready to go
Emerging Ireland name team to face Cheetahs
The tourists are unbeaten so far having picked up wins against Griquas and the Pumas.
# experience
Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn start for Cheetahs against Emerging Ireland
The young Irish side look set for their toughest challenge yet in South Africa.
# Tour
Ireland take late 'opportunity' with ex-U20 stars set to feature in South Africa
The IRFU hopes this Emerging Ireland trip will be a boost for next year’s World Cup campaign.
IRFU considering new A team competition with South African sides
The provincial A teams have been without international competition in recent years.
# cheetah cubs
Rare Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran
There are just a dozen cheetahs known to be living in Iran.
All time
# Guinness Pro14
The PRO14 is flawed but what other option do Ireland's provinces have?
The arrival of a new PRO14 season could hardly be more low key but despite its many faults, Ireland’s four provinces are dependent on it.
# big changes
Confirmed: SA Rugby votes its big four into expanded Pro16 as Cheetahs get the boot
The Bulls, Stormers, Sharks, and Lions are set to join the expanded competition.
# Derbies
SA Rugby announces new seven-team 'Super Rugby Unlocked' competition
The Cheetahs, Pumas, and Griquas have joined the four existing Super Rugby sides.
# new faces
Pro14 confirm expansion talks to include high-profile South African teams
However, there won’t be any South African involvement in the new season until 2021 at the earliest.
# home comforts
No winning Belfast return for Pienaar as Ulster claim victory over Cheetahs
Tries from Ireland prop Tom O’Toole and winger Robert Baloucoune sent Ulster ten points clear of the Cheetahs.
# return to ravenhill
'We do miss everyone here, we miss Belfast' - Pienaar speaks out ahead of return with Cheetahs
The scrum-half speaks to The42 ahead of the Pro14 clash between sides old and new.
# pro14
Ruan Pienaar comes on to kick winning points as Cheetahs stage remarkable comeback
Rhyno Smith scored twice in the closing stages against Southern Kings to again secure the bragging rights for the Cheetahs.
# Family man
'You've got to respect the decision that David Nucifora made' - Ruan Pienaar
The 35-year-old is now back in South Africa after the IRFU performance director forced him to leave Ulster in 2017.
# Late Late Show
Tom Farrell's stoppage-time try sees Connacht clinch bonus point win against Cheetahs
Andy Friend’s side coughed up a nine point lead but pushed late for a dramatic win on Saturday.
# suftum
'Not a new boy any more,' Ulster out-half Burns hoping to relive 2018 South Africa heroics
The northern province face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein tomorrow.
# pro14
Major coup for Pro14 outfit Cheetahs as Pienaar returns home
The former Ulster scrum-half has signed for the South African side after a spell in France with Montpellier.
# Future
Pro14 open to further expansion but Pumas and Griquas won't be joining
Adding two teams to make a Pro16 is one potential avenue for the league in the coming years.
# pro14
Leinster fail to fire but do more than enough to tame the Cheetahs
Leo Cullen’s side huffed and puffed through a disjointed game but made it seven straight wins.
# remorse
Cheetahs centre apologises to Connacht's Fainga’a after disgusting act of foul play
Nico Lee emptied the contents of his nose onto the Connacht flanker’s face during their recent Pro14 meeting.
# starting XV
Ruddock returns from injury as Cullen makes nine changes for Cheetahs
The Ireland flanker has shaken off a hamstring injury and will look to get minutes under his belt at the RDS on Friday night.
# Grim
13-week ban for Cheetahs player who cleared nose onto face of Connacht player
‘It is difficult to imagine how an act of foul play of this sort could be worse,’ said the disciplinary panel.
# playoff rivals
Late try from Jarrad Butler sees Connacht past Cheetahs and into third spot
A late penalty from Jack Carty and an even later try from Butler saw Andy Friend’s men prevail.
# Go West
Marmion on the bench as Connacht get international injection for Cheetahs clash
Dillane, Blade, Carty and Farrell all start for Connacht on Saturday evening.
# Team news
Five changes to Connacht side bidding for back-to-back wins in South Africa
After defeating Southern Kings last weekend, Andy Friend’s men take on the Cheetahs tomorrow afternoon.
# pro14
Late Haley try earns Munster first away win of the season in Bloemfontein
Haley and Rory Scannell scored late on as Johann van Graan’s side recorded an important victory over the Cheetahs.
# Team news
Johnston handed first Pro14 start at out-half as Bleyendaal captains Munster
Johann van Graan has named his team for Sunday’s Pro14 clash against the Cheetahs.
# away in sa
Late Speight try earns dramatic draw on top of bonus point for Ulster against Cheetahs
Dan McFarland’s men left Bloemfontein with three points after a 10-try thriller.
# Ulster
'It's not an easy place to come' - Payne knows big task in prospect as Ulster travel to Bloemfontein
Ulster defence coach Jared Payne knows his side face a tough trip to South Africa to take on the Cheetahs.
# Joey
Analysis: Carbery debut gives Munster fans a glimpse of out-half's skills
The 22-year-old provided the assist for Dave O’Callaghan’s try at Thomond Park.
# playmaker
'In Munster, there's always going to be competition' - JJ impresses at 10
The 26-year-old will be battling with Joey Carbery for the out-half slot at Munster.
# fresh faces
Munster happy with Carbery debut as scrum-half Cronin shines
The former Leinster out-half got a rousing reception at Thomond Park.
# Dominant
Carbery debuts as Munster start season with six-try win over Cheetahs
Darren Sweetnam was man of the match for Johann van Graan’s team.
# province on tour
'Munster's support won the hearts of South Africans, the way they follow their team'
Johann van Graan is pleased with how Munster’s tour prepared them to take on Racing 92 this weekend.
# Big name
Springbok out-half Goosen returns from 'retirement' against Munster
The 25-year-old comes straight into the Cheetahs’ 10 shirt.
# Team news
Zebo returns at fullback as Munster mix things up for Cheetahs clash
Captain Peter O’Mahony is also back as Johann van Graan makes nine changes.
# Travel Chaos
Crucial Pro14 fixture pushed back after Cardiff endure 55-hour journey to South Africa
The Blues have only just arrived in Bloemfontein.
# pro14
Scarlets bolster back row with addition of Springbok number eight
Uzair Cassiem is moving to the Welsh region from the Cheetahs.
# Cruel
Killer blow as Cheetahs edge Connacht at the death with last minute kick
A Niel Marais penalty in the last minute denied Connacht what looked set to be a historic victory in South Africa on Saturday.
# half a world away
'These are moments you can never get back': Muldoon determined to make final matches count
While the rest of the Pro14 schedule has been snowed under, Connacht will face a formidable task at altitude in Bloemfontein.