Sharks coach Sean Everett has admitted that Marcel Coetzee’s return to Kings Park as a Bulls player would be an odd experience.
Coetzee began his career at Durban, playing with the Sharks for seven years from 2010 to 2016, before joining Ulster.
Earlier this year, he negotiated an early release from his contract with Ulster and returned to South Africa after signing for the Bulls.
On Saturday, he will return to his old stadium for the first time when he captained the Bulls against the Sharks in the Rainbow Cup.
Commenting on the return of the former accused, Everett said: ‘I think Marcel continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many shark supporters. It will be very painful.
I coached Marcel when he dropped out of the junior school, Port Natal, and got him through the system.
It would be strange to see him play for the Bulls. He’s been fantastic last Friday night, and he’s been really good with Ulster for the past few years when he’s been playing injury-free.
“The good thing about Marcel coming here is that we have players who want to prove themselves against the best, and he is without a doubt one of the best losing strikers in Europe over the past few years. These are exciting times.
“Marcel has the drive every week to wear the rugby shirt, so whether he is captain or not, he will give the best performance possible.”
Coetzee was surprisingly missing out on the selection in South Africa’s 46-man squad for the upcoming British & Irish Lions Tour, but with uncertainty still over the availability of injured Duane Vermeulen, he is the favorite in the race to join the team. Bok No 8 alternative.
Everett believes the bulls vs sharks match will be the perfect opportunity for Coetzee to share his claims on Facebook.
I’m sure he sees a hole in Springbok’s setup with Doan injured. He would have been disappointed that he was left out of this team last week.
“I’m sure he wants to raise his hand so if they replace Duan, he has this opportunity to wear the Springbok shirt against the lions.”
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