Johan Ackermann to leave Lions at end of season

Lions coach Johan Ackermann has confirmed he will leave at the end of the season to take over at Premiership side Gloucester.

FILE: Lions head coach, Johan Ackermann.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has confirmed he will leave at the end of the season to take over at Premiership side Gloucester.

Ackermann took over the position of Lions head coach from John Mitchell and led the side back into Super Rugby in 2013. In 2016, the side went all the way to the Super Rugby final, where they narrowly lost to the Hurricanes.

Ackermann was named South African Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was also head coach of the South Africa A side in 2016.