The Guinness Pro14 have announced a potential restart date of August 22 to conclude the currently suspended 2019-20 season, with the final set to be held on September 12.
There will be two rounds of derby matches played on the weekends of August 22 and August 29 in South Africa, Scotland and Italy, with dates and times for the derbies in Ireland and Wales still to be confirmed.
The top two sides from each Pro14 conference then progress through to the semi-finals. Leinster and Ulster currently lead Conference A, with Edinburgh and Munster the top two sides in Conference B. The third-placed sides in each conference, Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets, face nine and eight-point deficits respectively to try and make up.
The regular season has been cut from 21 rounds of matches down to 15, while all matches that were postponed in Round 13 prior to the suspension of the season have been deemed 0-0 draws.
Qualification for next season's Champions Cup will be decided based on those standings following Round 13, which would mean that all of Leinster, Ulster, Edinburgh, Munster, Glasgow and Scarlets qualify. Dragons and Connacht also qualify to face each other in a play-off for the Pro14's seventh Champions Cup spot. Cheetahs sit above Dragons in fourth place in Conference A but South African teams are not eligible for Champions Cup qualification.
The 2020-21 Pro14 season is currently scheduled to then get underway on October 1.
David Jordan, Tournament Director of the Guinness PRO14, said: "Safety has been, and will continue to be, the highest priority as we look to activate our plans to restart the 2019/20 season.
"Operating across five territories often brings different complexities to the Guinness PRO14 but our unions have worked hard to bring proposals to their governments so we may put plans into action."
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in South Africa, with Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, adding: "We have to ensure we handle the return-to-train and eventually return-to-play in the best possible way. We’ll only be able to play in local derbies, but nothing can happen before we can travel internally.”