Gloucester Star Ruan Ackermann Locked in for Exciting Japan Move with Yokohama Canon Eagles

Gloucester’s Ruan Ackermann, a stalwart for the Cherry and Whites since 2017, is parting ways with the Premiership club to join Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan’s top rugby league. The 28-year-old South African back-rower had been tipped for a potential move back home, but has now decided to embark on a new chapter overseas, adding to the growing contingent of South African talent at the Japanese club.

Gloucester’s Ruan Ackermann Set for Shock Move to Japan’s Yokohama Canon Eagles

Ruan Ackermann, the dynamic South African back-rower, is parting ways with Gallagher Premiership strugglers Gloucester and will be joining Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan next season. This shock development comes just hours after Gloucester’s heartbreaking defeat in the EPCR Challenge Cup final against the Sharks.

Ackermann, who has been a stalwart for the Cherry and Whites since 2017, accumulating an impressive 151 appearances, has decided to embark on a new chapter in his illustrious career. The 28-year-old had been tipped for a potential move back to South Africa earlier in the season, engaging in discussions with the Lions. However, in February, he opted to commit his future to Gloucester, signing a new contract with the Premiership Rugby Cup winners.

“Gloucester as a ‘second home’ after committing my future to the club earlier this year.”

  • Ruan Ackermann

Despite the club’s delight in securing Ackermann’s services, the lure of Japan has ultimately proven too strong. Yokohama Canon Eagles, who narrowly missed out on a top-three finish in the Japan League One this past season, have now secured Ackermann’s signature on a lucrative two-year deal.

The Canon Eagles have already built a strong South African contingent within their squad, with the likes of Faf de Klerk, Kobus van Dyk, Jesse Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, and SP Marais all plying their trade for the Japanese club.

Ackermann, who once described Gloucester as a “second home” after committing his future to the club earlier this year, was even considered a potential wildcard selection for England’s Rugby World Cup squad in 2022 following discussions between Gloucester head coach George Skivington and England’s Steve Borthwick.

This unexpected move to Japan’s Yokohama Canon Eagles marks a significant shift in Ackermann’s career trajectory, as the versatile forward embarks on a new challenge overseas. The rugby union community will eagerly follow his progress as he aims to make an impact in Japan’s top-flight competition.

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