Lions: Ackermann staying put

2014-12-11 09:10
Johan Ackermann (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Golden Lions Rugby Union is not worried about reports stating that head coach Johan Ackermann is being targeted by a top Japanese club.

It was reported earlier this week that the Lions will struggle to keep Ackermann in South Africa after next year's Rugby World Cup, with the former Springbok lock reportedly receiving a big-money offer from a Japanese club.

However, the Lions insisted they will not have a fight on their hands to hold on to the services of Ackermann.

"I don't want to elaborate on the issue, because then I'll give it more exposure than it deserves," Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli told Netwerk24.

"Two months ago, Johan officially extended his contract until October 31, 2016. We are thankful that he has committed to us."

Under the coaching tutelage of Ackermann, the Lions had a decent 2014, winning seven Super Rugby matches and reaching the Currie Cup final, before narrowly losing to Western Province at Newlands.

The Lions will open their 2015 Super Rugby campaign at home to the Hurricanes on Friday, February 13.

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