Johan Ackermann

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Johan Ackermann
Personal information
Full name Johannes Nicolaas Ackermann
Nickname 'The Veteran', 'Acker'
Born (1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 46)
Benoni, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
School(s) attended Brandwag
Relatives Ruan Ackermann (son)
Club information
Playing position Lock
Current club Golden Lions / Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
1995–1996 Blue Bulls 45 (15)
1996 Bulls 12 (0)
1999–2001 Golden Lions 31 (20)
2000–2001 Cats 24 (0)
2001–2002 Northampton Saints 4 (0)
2003–2005 Griquas 32 (5)
2004–2008 Sharks 27 (10)
2006–2007 Sharks (Currie Cup) 12 (10)
Representative team(s)
1996–2007 South Africa 13 (0)
Teams coached
2013–present Golden Lions
2013–present Lions

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 25 June 2014.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 25 June 2014.

Johannes Nicolaas 'Johan' Ackermann (born June 3, 1970) is a retired South African rugby union player and current coach. A lock, he most recently played Super 14 rugby for the Sharks.

Ackerman is known for his physical approach to the game. In 2007, Johan Ackermann became the oldest Springbok to play for the national side, at the age of 37. After the 2007 World Cup in France, he was recalled to the Springbok squad to play against the Barbarians. This was his last outing as an international player.

Ackermann bowed out of professional rugby on a winning note on 1 March 2008, when the Sharks defeated the Bulls 29-15 at Loftus Versfeld. He became the oldest player ever in Super Rugby history at age 37 years, 272 days.

In 1997, Ackermann was banned for two years for use of the prohibited substance nandrolone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid.[1]

Ackermann originally was the Forwards coach of the Lions in Super Rugby under head coach, John Mitchel but after Mitchel left the Union he took over. He has seen huge success as coach of the Union including winning the SARU Coach of the Year award in 2014, his first year as head coach.

He is currently the head coach at the Lions Super Rugby and the Golden Lions Currie Cup sides.

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  1. ^ "Drug scandals that rocked rugby". Planet Rugby. 17 November 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.