Although he temporarily left Loftus Versfeld to play rugby in Japan for six months, the Bulls’ captain of the past three years, Marcel Coetzee, will be back by the end of April next year.
Just before he left for Japan to play for the Kobe Steelers for six months, the 31-year-old Coetzee committed himself contractually to return to Loftus Versfeld in May next year, where he is likely to end his career, as his contract with the Bulls has been established for a period of three years until 2027.
The Springbok flanker initially joined the Bulls from Ulster in Ireland in June 2021 on a three-year deal, quickly becoming a vital member of the squad, making 33 appearances in all competitions. Coetzee’s impact since arriving at Loftus has been nothing short of significant. He led the team to the finals of three different tournaments of which they won the Currie Cup twice.
A South African international, Marcell has 31 national caps to his name, having made his debut for the Boks in June 2012, against England.
“It was a no brainer, I really love playing for the Bulls, I believe we are on a path towards something special and one wants to be part of a team that is destined to hit their heights pretty soon. The side has a lovely bunch of guys,” he said when asked about his decision to extend his loyalty to the Bulls.
Coetzee emphasized that he has no other intentions but to return to Pretoria post his six-month-long sabbatical in Japan.
“The recent game against the Sharks may have been my last match for the Bulls in 2022, but I will return at the back end of April come 2023. I missed my country a lot during my five years at Ulster so I know I am coming back after this short journey,” he commented.
On what makes the Bulls so special, Coetzee said it is an honour to play for the team.
“I am extremely happy with where I am with the Bulls, the staff and the team spirit we have built. That is where my heart is. Me and my wife have definitely found a home in Pretoria and we cannot wait to see how further the team develops and how I can help in driving and contributing to its success in the future,” he concluded.
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