Johan Ackermann linked with Japanese club - Report

Johan Ackermann joined Gloucester as head coach in 2017
Johan Ackermann joined Gloucester as head coach in 2017

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann has been linked with a move to Japanese club according to a report.

The Rapport Newspaper on Sunday reported that the former South Africa international has expressed interest in joining Docomo Red Hurricanes despite recently extending his contract with the Cherry and Whites until summer of 2022.

Ackermann, who has played for the Springboks in 13 Tests started his coaching career with Lions in 2013 and headed to Kingsholm ahead of the 2017/18 season. He was instrumental in helping Lions reach the finals of Super Rugby in successive season of 2016 and 2017.

In his debut season as coach with Gloucester, Ackermann guided the club to the final of the European Challenge Cup and also a qualification to the Champions Cup in the following season.

Gloucester also reached the semi-final of the Premiership in the 2018/19 season where they lost to the eventual champions Saracens with a 44-19 margin.

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