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Ruan's decision – Red Rose or Springboks?


Ruan Ackermann says playing Test rugby for England remains a distinct possibility for him.

The 24-year-old Gloucester loose forward will become eligible to wear the Red Rose in two months' time.

Ackermann told Netwerk24 that while he's always dreamed of representing the Springboks, like his father Johan, England is an appealing option.

'I definitely want to play for my country, where I grew up, but if that can't happen, then England will also be fine.

'England are also a good team. My dream is to play international rugby and I have always loved England and also [former flyhalf] Jonny Wilkinson.

'When things didn't work out for me with the Boks, particularly with Duane Vermeulen performing so well, England became my plan,' added Ackermann, who played for South Africa A in 2017 shortly before leaving the Lions for Gloucester, along with his father.

Johan recently left his role as Gloucester head coach to take charge of the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan.

Ruan said Johan's dream is to coach at international level and that it would be 'weird' if he one day played for an England team against a Springbok side coached by his dad.

'I just wonder what team my mother will support!' he added. 'But in the end, it's about what's best for me and him.'

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