LONDON – Johan Ackermann’s success in guiding Gloucester to the Premiership playoffs has been rewarded with a new long-term contract, with the club saying they wanted to move fast to prevent others making offers.
The 48-year-old South African – who guided the Lions to two Super Rugby finals before leaving for Gloucester in 2017 – saw his hopes of reaching the Premiership final dashed in a 44-19 thumping by champions Saracens last weekend.
Director of rugby David Humphreys said securing him as head coach had been a priority as his achievements in taking Gloucester to the 2018 European Challenge Cup final in his first season and the playoffs in the second campaign would have attracted notice.
“Johan’s contribution over the past two seasons has been terrific,” Humphreys said in a club statement.
“We knew when we first approached him about the head coach role here at Gloucester Rugby that we had targeted the right man, and he has fully validated that decision.