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BREAKING: Johan Ackermann steps down as Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby have made the announcement that Johan Ackermann has left the club, after resigning from his role as Head Coach.

Ackermann decided to leave the Cherry and Whites in favour for a role at NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, who are based in Osaka, Japan.

The South African put out a statement to the Gloucester Rugby players and supporters, “being Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby has been a tremendous privilege for me, and I have loved every minute of it. Working with such a fantastic group of players and coaches has been a great experience.

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“Gloucester Rugby fans are a truly unique group, and I will always cherish the memories I have of being at Kingsholm. I wish the club nothing but the best.”

The 49-year-old took the reigns at Kingsholm for three years, and in that time he successfully guided Gloucester to a third place finish in the Gallagher Premiership.

In his first season in charge, Ackermann lead Gloucester all the way to the final of the 2017/18 European Challenge Cup, before being narrowly beaten by Cardiff Blues, 31-30.

The most likely rumoured replacements for Ackermann, come in the form of two Welshman, with plenty experience at club and international level.

The former Wales and Wasps Head Coach Dai Young and former assistant coach of Wales, Rob Howley, are the two names with the heaviest ties to Gloucester at the moment.

Ackermann is set to join the Japanese Top League side in July.

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