The veteran of the Springboks, Marcell Coetzee will leave Belfast as confirmed by Ulster and his next destination will be Pretoria. As published by the South African team Bulls on their social networks: “We have the biggest holiday gift for you … EVER! So big … So cool … We’re still trying to pack it. Check our social platforms on Monday at 10. Our BIGGEST signing of the year… literally ”, they expressed from the South African side. Finally, the pass that will take place from July 2021 was confirmed
Coetzee signed a contract extension in 2019 and the idea was to play three more years at Kingspan Stadium with Ulster But now the South African giant will end its contract a year earlier. The wing played in the Sharks from 2011 to 2016, then went through the Japanese Heat and in 2016 he landed in the Irish provincial. His destination in mid-2021 will finally be Pretoria with a 3-year contract. The third row returns to South Africa after five good seasons in Ulster.
Having returned home during the first period of the quarantine, the 29-year-old expressed a strong desire to remain in South Africa amid the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ulster’s head coach, Dan McFarland, said: “Marcell has been a great performer for us on and off the field and I am confident that he will continue to carry his high performance standards through June. We have a talented team that is growing in experience. We seek to complement and support that talent, particularly in forwards, in line with our ambition to consistently compete for titles. “
On the other hand, Coetzee He expressed: “It all started during the confinement when I returned home for four months. My wife and I think a lot about life together and we also reflect on where I am in my career. We decided to return to Belfast with an open mind, but in the end we miss our South African home, culture and way of life, and after five seasons, the longing for our home has just caught up with us. I have to say that Ulster have been absolutely magnificent to me, on and off the pitch during my career, and I feel like I have grown as a person and as a player because of the experiences the club has given me. Ulster will always have a special place in the hearts of my wife and me. “
While some readers lamented the fact that 29-year-old Coetzee is turning his back on Ulster after the loyalty they showed him when he battled injuries, on the other side they expressed their joy with the impressive new trio that will represent the Bulls. . The last champion of Super Rugby Unlocked will have a amazing third line with the winner of the World Cup Duane Vermeulen with the number 8, Coetzee with the 7 shirt already Marco van Staden with the 6. In addition, it also has on its campus Nizaam Carr and Arno botha.