An agreement between PRO14 Rugby and SA Rugby will see a 16-team competition called the United Rugby Championship start in September.
Edinburgh struck late on to secure a 28-28 draw with Scarlets in the final fixture of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup regular-season, in Llanelli.
Scarlets will take on Edinburgh in the final match of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup regular-season on Sunday, with Ryan Elias leading the former side.
Scotland international and Newcastle Falcons flanker John Hardie has announced that he will retire at the end of the Premiership campaign.
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For the second time in as many seasons, Ian Madigan kicked a late penalty to help Ulster to a narrow win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh will take on Ulster before Cardiff Blues play host to Zebre in the penultimate PRO14 Rainbow Cup round of the regular-season.