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Ruan Ackermann

Ruan Ackermann
Ruan Ackermann, 2019
Date of birth (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 (age 23)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st; 240 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Garsfontein, Pretoria
Notable relative(s)Johan Ackermann (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker/Number 8
Current team Gloucester
Youth Career
2014–2017 Golden Lions
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2017 Golden Lions XV 8 (10)
2016–2017 Lions 33 (30)
2016–2017 Golden Lions 9 (5)
2017–present Gloucester 40 (50)
Correct as of 6 May 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 Barbarians 4 (0)
2017 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
Correct as of 16 April 2018

Ruan Ackermann (born 29 December 1995) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing in the English Premiership with Gloucester. His regular position is flanker.

Rugby career

2012–2014 : Youth

Ackermann played high school rugby for Hoërskool Garsfontein, where he featured for their first XV from 2012 to 2014,[1] also captaining them in 2014, where he helped them reach the final of the Beeld Trophy.[2] He didn't represent the Blue Bulls at Craven Week level and was instead contracted by Johannesburg-based side the Golden Lions to join their academy from 2015.

Despite still being at school, he was included in the Golden Lions U19 squad during the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship and was named on the bench for three of their matches. He played off the bench on all three occasions and marked his debut – a Round Ten match against Western Province U19 in Johannesburg – by scoring a try in a 28–8 victory.[3]

2015 : Vodacom Cup and Under-21

Ackermann was named in the Golden Lions squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his first class debut by starting their opening match of the campaign, a 53–3 victory over the Welwitschias in Windhoek.[4] He played off the bench in their regular season matches against the Blue Bulls,[5] Leopards[6] and the Griffons in Welkom, a match that also saw Ackermann score his first senior try in a 36–20 victory.[7] The Golden Lions finished top of the Northern Section, winning all seven of their matches to qualify for the Quarter Finals. Ackermann played off the bench in a 29–21 victory over the SWD Eagles in their quarter final match[8] and started their semi-final match against the Pumas, which the side from Nelspruit won 43–20 to eliminate the Golden Lions from the competition.[9]

Ackermann was named in a 37-man South Africa Under-20 training squad in March 2015,[10] but missed out on selection for their final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[11]

He made six appearances for the Golden Lions U21 team during the 2015 Under-21 Provincial Championship Group A, scoring a try in his side's 17–30 defeat to the Free State U21s[12] as they finished in fourth position on the log to qualify for the semi-finals, but didn't feature in the semi-final match which was won 43–20 by eventual champions Western Province U21.[13]

2016–2017 : Super Rugby

In December 2015, Ackermann was included in the 55-man Lions squad that prepared for the 2016 Super Rugby season[14] and he also made the cut for a 27-man squad for their tour to Japan and New Zealand for matches against the Sunwolves, Chiefs and Highlanders.[15] He was named on the bench for their opening match against the Sunwolves.[16]

2017 : Move to Gloucester

In August 2017, Gloucester Rugby announced the signing of Ackermann, whose father Johan had recently joined as Head Coach.[17]

Personal life

He is the son of Johan Ackermann, a former provincial rugby player who also made thirteen appearances for the South African national team. After finishing his playing career, Johan Ackermann became a coach at the Golden Lions Currie Cup side and the Lions Super Rugby side.


  1. ^ "1st XV HS Garsfontein vs Marais Viljoen". Youth Sports Network. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Nelspruit klop Garsies in eindstryd". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 24 August 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Golden Lions U19 28-8 WP U19". South African Rugby Union. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB Welwitschias 3-53 Xerox Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 24-12 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 63-10 Leopards XV". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 20-36 Xerox Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 29-21 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 20-43 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ "SARU names large group for Junior Bok trials". South African Rugby Union. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Liebenberg to lead Junior Boks at U20 World Championship in Italy". South African Rugby Union. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State U21 30-17 Golden Lions U21". South African Rugby Union. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province U21 43-20 Golden Lions U21". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Emirates Golden Lions squad bolstered for SuperRugby" (Press release). Lions. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Lions name squad for Japan, New Zealand Super Rugby tour". Times Live. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Lions name their team". The Citizen. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Super Rugby standout Ruan Ackermann joins Gloucester Rugby". 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

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