Ackermann would play for England

Ackermann would play for England

Gloucester loose forward Ruan Ackermann says he would consider playing for England when he qualifies on residency grounds in August 2020.

Ackermann, born and bred in South Africa and having settled in well in England with his dad Johan at the helm of the Cherry and Whites, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

The South African Rugby Union instigated a policy which took effect on July 1 that players plying their trade outside of South Africa may only be eligible for the Springboks if they have amassed 60 or more caps.

Ackermann, who has two caps for SA ‘A’ but not the Boks, will turn out for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at English Rugby’s headquarters Twickenham at the weekend.

And the next time the 21-year-old turns out at the famed venue could be in England colours as he would gain English residency in August 2020 – just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.

“I’m still young so I can always go back (to South Africa),” Ackermann told KweseESPN  when asked about his international future.

“(But) I can give myself a fair shot here and you never know, hopefully it goes well and you can create yourself an option of playing for England as well.”

Ackermann however would never turn down the opportunity to play for the Springboks but admits that if it didn’t materialise, England would be the next best option.

“But if it doesn’t come and the England door opens up, I mean, I’m still young and England is a proud nation, so why not?” he added.

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