Johan Ackermann extends Gloucester stay – and may play for England!

English side Gloucester have confirmed that South African loose forward Ruan Ackermann has signed a new contract with the club.

Johan Ackermann extends Gloucester stay – and may play for England!

English side Gloucester have confirmed that South African loose forward Ruan Ackermann has signed a new contract with the club.

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Ackermann moved to the Cherry and Whites from the Lions in 2017 while his father, Johan, was coach at the club.

Johan Ackermann has since left the club and now coaches the Red Hurricanes in the Japanese Top League.

Ruan Ackermann, still only 25, has become a prominent player for the club since his arrival, making 75 appearances over the past four seasons. He has also scored 11 tries.

No confirmation of the length of the extension to Ackermann’s contract was provided by the club.

Prior to his departure for England, Ackermann played 33 Super Rugby matches for the Lions.

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“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to sign a new deal with Gloucester Rugby,” Ackermann said.

“This club has become a huge part of my life in England and the past four years, and I am looking forward to being able to share more memories with the love and support of the fans at Kingsholm.

“We are fortunate to have a really gifted squad, and I am excited to keep developing, learning and growing in this environment.”

Ruan Ackermann’s new deal will make him eligible to play for England on the residency rule after World Rugby delayed the introduction of the new eligibility laws until the end of 2021.

Gloucester are struggling in their season’s Premiership and are currently bottom of the standings after six matches with a single victory.

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Source : The South African More