Ruan set to choose between Boks and England
RUAN Ackermann insists he has an open mind over where his international ambitions lie after following his father, Johan, to Gloucester.
Ackermann, who operates equally impressively at seven and No.8, opted to move to the Premiership after starring for the Johannesburg-based Lions.
The 21-year-old has been on South Africa’s radar but could now turn his attention to England, for whom he will qualify in three years. Ackermann told The
Rugby Paper: “South Africa have got a new vision with some good youngsters coming through, but you never know what the future holds, if it’s going to be here or going back.
“The fact that I’m still young gives me that opportunity to maybe have a shot for England or go back in a few years and still be young enough to play for the Springboks.”
Ackermann has been hugely impressed with what he has seen at Gloucester’s hi-tech training centre at Hartpury College.
He explained: “It’s a lot more organised and professional and it’s been quite a step up from what I’ve been used to.
“For example, the GPS tracker they put on you to monitor your training, speed and distances you run is new. In the gym the equipment we use to improve your jump speed and height is impressive.”
Two full seasons in Super Rugby at such a young age suggests Ackermann is something special.
“I played every Super Rugby match over two seasons, so I’ve been blessed and to gain experience alongside top Springboks like Jaco Kriel and Warren Whiteley was awesome,” he says.
As for working under his dad at Kingsholm, Ackermann added: “From a small age we’ve been involved in rugby together so our bond is very strong and with all his experience as a player and coach he helps me a lot.
“I don’t get any favours and I know what he expects from me, so that just makes me work harder to prove myself to other people.”