Marcell Coetzee rugby player
Marcell Coetzee rugby player

Marcell Coetzee

8th May 1991 1.93m/114kg No. 8

Coetzee enrolled himself in the Sharks academy after school and from there his career has exploded.

After making his Currie Cup debut in 2011 he starred for the Sharks in Super Rugby in 2012 and was handed his Test debut, starting every Test match against England in June. He gets through an incredible amount of work on defense and regularly leads the tackle count, but also carries the ball up effectively which means he can play any position in the back row.

One of the game’s most energetic players, his work rate often sees him top the tackle statistics and his reward for combining outstanding defense with the ability to get over the gain line on attack saw him entrenched as a first choice at The Sharks as well as an important member of the Springbok set-up, where he has managed to showcase his talents with excellent performances.

After a great set of performances in the 2015 season, Coetzee announced that he would join Irish Pro12 side Ulster on a three-year deal starting in the 2016–17 season.

In April 2016 playing Super Rugby, Coetzee suffered a knee injury that ruled him out for 9 months. The 28-times capped Springbok returned to bolster the Ulster back row and has looked very impressive to date.

Coetzee has made 4 appearances for Ulster as he enters the 2017/18 campaign.



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