Kaplan: Ackermann should coach Boks

2016-03-30 10:11
Jonathan Kaplan (Twitter)

Cape Town - Johan Ackermann may have just signed a contract extension with the Lions, but former referee Jonathan Kaplan would still pick the former Springbok as South Africa’s new national coach.

“I would love to see Johan involved,” Kaplan says on The Dan Nicholl Show on Wednesday night, broadcast at 19:00 on SuperSport 1.

“He’s shown (with the Lions) that he can bring a team from ashes, playing a very special brand of rugby, challenging some of the Kiwi teams, and I think this year will be a standout year for them.

"He’s hit some of the right buttons along the way. It is a step up from provincial rugby to Test rugby, but he is a South African, he is an ex-Springbok, so from a culture perspective, he understands pretty well. I’ve seen what he can do with no name brands, so if he can work with established names, I’m sure he can build something really good.”

Kaplan also discusses a new challenge on his horizon: fatherhood, as he contemplates becoming a single dad later this year.

Test rugby’s most capped referee is joined on the show by UFC fighter Gareth ’Soldierboy’ McLellan, who discusses his recent training trip to Canada, and his upcoming fight in Rotterdam on May 8; and comedian and television star Trevor Gumbi.

This week’s show also features host Dan Nicholl exploring the city of Bangkok, from temples and markets to some exotic street food.

Watch a Sport24 exclusive clip of Jonathan Kaplan on The Dan Nicholl Show HERE 

Watch a preview of tonight’s show HERE 

Follow The Dan Nicholl Show, brought to you by BrightRock exclusively on SuperSport, at @dannichollshow

Read more on:    springboks  |  jonathan kaplan  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Saturday, 04 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 11 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 18 July 2020
South Africa v Georgia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 08 August 2020
South Africa v Argentina, Emirates Airline Park 14:00
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Bicentenario 21:45
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Australia v South Africa, Optus Stadium 14:00

Debate rages! Who is the greatest ever Springbok hooker ... John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis or someone else perhaps?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.