Ruan Ackermann: “He’s my coach on the training field and my father at home.”

Gloucester Rugby player Ruan Ackermann insists that despite his father being head coach, their relationship is kept strictly professional.

“I think we’re keeping the balance quite well between being at the training field where he’s your coach, and then obviously at home where he’s your father.”

“He said to me from the start that he’s going to treat me as a player and tell me as it is, he can’t hide stuff from me because I think it will just affect my game negatively.”

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The flanker joined Gloucester from South African side Lions, where they spent the 2016/17 season together. A successful campaign under Johan’s leadership, as they lost only 1 of their 15 games which qualified them for the knockout phase, where they were eventually beaten in the final by The Crusaders.

Gloucester have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, losing all 3 of their away games, but winning all 3 of their home games, their most recent victory coming against Northampton Town.

“Obviously we were very disappointed after last week so on Monday we just went back to basics, getting our set pieces sorted, backs getting their launches sorted and as you’ve seen tonight our scrums were really good and our line outs were good as well.”

Gloucester’s next game is away to French side Pau in the Challenge Cup.



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