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.
|Full name||Johannes Nicolaas Ackermann|
|Date of birth||3 June 1970|
|Place of birth||Benoni, South Africa|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||115 kg (18 st 2 lb; 254 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Ruan Ackermann (son)|
|Rugby union career|
Ackermann grew up in South Africa, and worked as a gun instructor for the police.
Ackerman was known for his physical approach to the game.
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.
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.
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.
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- "Johan Ackermann named as Gloucester Rugby Head Coach" (Press release). Gloucester Rugby. 3 April 2017. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
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