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South Africa-born flanker reveals he’d 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.

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“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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