Johan Ackermann

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Johan Ackermann
Full nameJohannes Nicolaas Ackermann
Date of birth (1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 49)
Place of birthBenoni, South Africa
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight115 kg (18 st 2 lb; 254 lb)
Notable relative(s)Ruan Ackermann (son)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Gloucester
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
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)
Correct as of 25 June 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2007 South Africa 13 (0)
Correct as of 25 June 2014
Teams coached
Years Team
2013–2016 Golden Lions
2013–2017 Lions
2017–present Gloucester

Johannes Nicolaas 'Johan' Ackermann (born June 3, 1970) is a South African rugby union coach and former player. He played as a lock during his playing career between 1995 and 2007. He is currently head coach at Gloucester.

Early life[edit]

Ackermann grew up in South Africa, and worked as a gun instructor for the police.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ackerman was known for his physical approach to the game.[citation needed]

In 1997, Ackermann was banned for two years for use of the prohibited substance nandrolone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid, which he had taken following wrong advice to help a knee injury recover.[2][3]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

Ackermann originally was the Forwards coach of the Lions in Super Rugby under head coach, John Mitchell but after Mitchell 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 took over as head coach of the Lions Super Rugby and the Golden Lions Currie Cup sides in 2013.

He was appointed as the head coach of English Premiership side Gloucester prior to the 2017–18 season.[4]


Ackerman is married, with two sons and a daughter.[5] He is a strong Christian.[6]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "SA Rugby Player Profile – Johan Ackermann". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  • Sharks profile