Johan Ackermann joined Gloucester Rugby as Head Coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The former Springbok was formerly Head Coach of the Lions in South Africa and took up his position following the conclusion of their Super Rugby campaign.
Capped 13 times by his country, Ackermann was a member of the victorious South Africa squad at Rugby World Cup 2007 and played for The Blue Bulls, The Lions, The Griquas and the Sharks during a long and distinguished playing career in South Africa. He has experience of the Premiership having enjoyed a spell as a player at Northampton Saints and also played for Calvisano in Italy.
Having retired from playing in 2008, Ackermann was appointed as Forwards Coach of the Lions in Super Rugby in 2010 where he worked with Head Coach, John Mitchell until 2013 when he took over the Head Coach position of the Lions in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions.
Having dropped out of Super Rugby at the end of 2012, Ackermann led the Lions to promotion back into Super Rugby in 2013 and took them to the Super Final two seasons in succession.
His success at both Currie Cup and Super Rugby level was recognised in South Africa where he was named South African Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has also been Head Coach of South Africa A.
In his first season with the club, Johan guided the team to a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final and qualification for the Heineken Champions Cup.
Johan is kindly sponsored by: