It appears that Lions loose forward Ruan Ackermann is set to join dad, Johan at English club Gloucester.
Johan Ackermann’s tenure ended at the Lions in a Super Rugby defeat to the Crusaders, as the Crusaders dominated the final with 25-17.
Last week, Gloucestershire Live reported that the club was looking to add additions to their squad.
Sport24 adds that Gloucester currently have a squad of 37 senior players with CEO Stephen Vaughan saying they would be looking to finish with “around 40 to low 40s.”
Johan Ackermann will be succeeded as Lions coach by 57-year-old Swys de Bruin, who was the team’s assistant coach for the past five years.
De Bruin mentioned that he was grateful for being given the opportunity, adding: “I am thankful for the trust the board of directors put in me, and look forward to the challenge. For now, we are still totally focused on our campaign in the 2017 Super Rugby season.”
Lions’ hooker Armand ‘Akker’ Van der Merwe has also signed a two-year deal with the Sharks.
Lions contracted players:
Warren Whiteley, Kwagga Smith, Andries Coetzee, Andries Ferreira (renewed), Anthony Volminck, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Corné Fourie, Courtnall Skosan (renewed), Cyle Brink, Dillon Smit (renewed), Dylan Smith, Elton Jantjies, Franco Mostert, Harold Vorster, Howard Mnisi, Jaco Kriel, Jaco van der Walt (renewed), Jacques van Rooyen (renewed), Johannes Jonker, Justin Ackerman (renewed), Lionel Mapoe (renewed), Lourens Erasmus, Malcolm Marx (renewed), Marvin Orie, Robbie Coetzee, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Ross Cronjé, Ruan Ackermann, Ruan Combrinck, Ruan Dreyer, Shaun Reynolds, Sti Sithole, Sylvian Mahuza (renewed).