Ruan Ackermann rugby player
Ruan Ackermann rugby player

Ruan Ackermann

29th Dec 1995 1.93m/110kg Blindside Flanker

Ruan Ackermann is the son of former Springbok and coach Johan Ackermann. Ruan played first XV rugby for Hoërskool Garsfontein, from 2012 to 2014, while also captaining them in 2014.

He was contracted by the Golden Lions to join their academy in 2015, while still being at school. He was then included in the Golden Lions U19 squad during the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He was named on the bench for three of their games and marked his debut against against Western Province U19 in Johannesburg, by scoring a try in a 28

Ackermann made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 against the Sunwolves coming off the bench and became a regular in the starting line up in the 2016 Currie Cup. Ruan was selected for the Barbarians squad in November where he came off the bench against the Springboks. Ruan was named in the South Africa 'A' squad against the French Barbarians in the two-match series in June 2017.

In August 2017, Gloucester Rugby confirmed the signing of Ackermann from the Lions.

He was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for November and shortlisted for Land Rover Discovery of the Year.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Ackermann had 5 European Cups appearances scoring 2 tries and 10 points.

As of November 2019, Ackermann has represented Gloucester on 58 occasions and has scored 55 points for the side.

Career

image Gloucester Rugby
Blindside Flanker
2017 - present
golden_lions_thumb Lions
Blindside Flanker
2016 - 2017
lions Golden Lions
No. 8
2016 - 2017
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Blindside Flanker
2016 - 2017
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Blindside Flanker
2017 - 2017