Confirmed: SA players follow Ackermann out of Gloucester
NEWS: English club Gloucester confirmed on Friday that eight players will be leaving the team.
South Africans Franco Mostert and hooker Franco Marais will be following former head coach Johan Ackermann to Japan.
Marais will join Ackermann’s team, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, while Mostert, who was part of Rassie Erasmus’ World Cup-winning squad in 2019, has not confirmed his new destination, but he has been linked with Honda Heat
Meanwhile, Gloucester also said their goodbyes to Bok prop Ruan Dreyer, who reportedly could be returning to the Lions in South Africa. He could be reunited with fellow Bok and former Gloucester teammate Jaco Kriel, who arrived back at Ellis Park in February.
The other players leaving Gloucester are Owen Williams, Tom Marshall, Callum Braley, Aaron Hinkley and Simon Linsell.
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Gloucester and Ackermann parted ways in May this year and 18 days later Director of Rugby David Humphreys announced his departure from the club.
Gloucester were sitting in ninth spot in the Premiership Rugby standings before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Gloucester Rugby can confirm a number of departing players.
We’d like to place on record our thanks to them, and wish them the best of luck in the next step of their careers.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) June 26, 2020