In the wake of the confirmation of the Pro 14 Rainbow Cup, the South African sides already have their eye on another goal, the European Champions Cup.
Earlier in the week, the Sunday Times released a report indicating that the South African teams could be given the opportunity to qualify for the prestigious cross-continent competition through the Rainbow Cup although this is set to be highly contested by other member unions of the Pro 14.
Rassie Erasmus would not comment on the validity of the report but told the Irish Independent that the European Champions Cup and secondary Challenge are the ambitions of the SA teams.
“It is definitely the ambition.
“I’m not sure what the decision-makers think about that and if and when they will do that, but certainly, we would try to get our franchise teams to the highest level.
“However, the first step is obviously to try and be competitive in the Pro16.”
The Bulls and Sharks have been tipped as potential contenders for the Rainbow Cup while the Stormers and Lions are also eager to impress in their first taste of European action.
The tournament gets underway on 24 April and will serve as a pre-cursor to a full length version of the Pr0 14 (likely named the Pro 16) scheduled to begin later in 2021.