Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Johan Ackermann has left the club to take up a job in Japan.

The South African, who has been at Kingsholm for the past 3 seasons, will join Red Hurricanes in July.

The club says it has "discussed a new coaching structure for the playing department, and will make an announcement about it once the appropriate consultations have taken place."

Ackermann leaves after 3 seasons as Head Coach at Kingsholm. Credit: PA

Being Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby has been a tremendous privilege for me, and I have loved every minute of it. Working with such a fantastic group of players and coaches has been a great experience.

Johan Ackermann

Ackermann joined the Cherry and Whites at the start of the 2017/18 season.

The 49 year-old and led the team to the final of the European Challenge Cup and a seventh place finish in the Premiership at the end of the first campaign.

The club is considering new coaching structure. Credit: PA

While I’m sorry to see Johan leave Gloucester Rugby, I fully understand his reasons for doing so. Johan approached Martin and me to say that he had received a number of coaching opportunities which, for personal reasons, he would like to consider and we agreed to his request.

David Humphreys, Director of Rugby