Ruan Ackermann joined Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2017 joining from the Lions' Super Rugby squad.
Ackermann was called up to the Barbarians squad in the summer of 2016, playing against Samoa at the London Olympic Stadium.
He was a standout performer with the Lions side which progressed to the Super Rugby final in 2017. His arrival at Gloucester Rugby was keenly anticipated and Ruan didn't disappoint and was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for November and was shortlisted for Land Rover Discovery of the Year.
Ruan was also a key contributor in his second season at the club as Gloucester Rugby qualified for the Premiership Rugby play-offs and he signed a new contract to remain with the club where he has continued to impress.