Ackermann could work for both Lions and Boks
Lions coach Johan Ackermann could still form part of the spanking new Springbok technical team, even though his contract with the Johannesburg club will last a further two years.
Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO Rudolf Straeuli is open to the possibility that the SA Rugby Union could adopt the Australian management model that would allow the head coach of a club to assist the national team head.
After Ewen McKenzie's resignation, Michael Cheika took over the Wallaby reins and appointed Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham as his assistant.
The move helped Australia make the World Cup final last year, even though their coaching team had only been together for just over a year.
Allister Coetzee, Rassie Erasmus and Ackermann had all been cited as possible candidates to take over the job of Springbok coach.
But Ackermann yesterday announced that he was staying on as the coach of the Lions until the end of 2018.
Although this ended speculation that Ackermann would coach the Boks, he could conceivably still be an assistant coach.
Straeuli said: "At the moment Saru have not spoken to me about Johan but much like players we will not stand in the way.
"We are awaiting a decision from Saru and we will take it from there.
"That said, the dual role system has worked well for Australia with Cheika and Larkham. In the professional era maybe it is a system that we will have to look at and, hopefully, one that will benefit both parties (Lions and Springboks)."
It is believed that former Stormers coach and 2007 World Cup-winning assistant coach Coetzee is most likely to be named the new Bok coach.