Gloucester have confirmed the signing of Ruan Ackermann, the son of incoming head coach Johan, from the Lions.
The back-rower, who will move to Kingsholm at the end of the Curry Cup, has been an ever present for the Johannesburg outfit who reached the Super Rugby final last week.
He has recently represented South Africa ‘A’ in their two-match series with the French Barbarians, ahead of the culmination of the Super Rugby season.
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys said: “We are pleased that we have been able to bring Ruan on board, and he will definitely complement our existing resources in the back row, an area where we have real strength in depth and competition for places.
“Johan of course knows all about the qualities that Ruan possesses, and Ruan himself knows exactly the high standards that Johan expects of his team and his players.
“Ruan has proved time and time again in Super Rugby this season how capable a player he is, taking on and matching some quality performers, and has also demonstrated his versatility in playing across the back row.”