Robert Ackerman (rugby)

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Robert Ackerman
Rob Ackerman 2013, watching the St Pat's Silverstream 2nd XV beat Wellington College.jpg
Ackerman in 2013, watching the St Pat's Silverstream 2nd XV beat Wellington College
Full name Robert Angus Ackerman
Date of birth (1961-03-02) 2 March 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Ebbw Vale, Wales
Occupation(s) School Teacher
Rugby league career
Position Centre, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Whitehaven
Leeds
Carlisle Border Raiders
Salford
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1991…1993 Wales 5 8
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Newport RFC
London Welsh RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1980-1985
1983
Wales
British Lions
22
2
(4)
(0)

Robert Angus Ackerman (born 2 March 1961)[1] is a Welsh former dual-code international rugby union and rugby league footballer. In 1983 he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions whilst playing for London Welsh RFC. A centre, he also played club rugby for Newport RFC. He was educated at Christ College Brecon

He made his Welsh debut on 1 November 1980 against the All Blacks at Cardiff[2] and immediately a couple of bone crunching tackles had the crowd chanting his name at the age of only 19. He also played rugby league, turning professional on 13 April 1986 when he signed for Whitehaven in Cumbria. He went on to play for Leeds, Carlisle Border Raiders and finished his rugby league at Salford in 1993. He taught at Christ's College, Canterbury, New Zealand and coached the 1st XV in 2008. As of 2012, Ackerman teaches Physical Education at St Patrick's College, Silverstream, New Zealand. Ackerman is currently the coach of the Silverstream 1st XV rugby team, leading the team to victory at the 2012 Wellington Premier 1 Finals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Ackerman rugby union player profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82 Vivian Jenkins (1982) pg 42 ISBN 0-907574-05-X

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