Replacing Marcell Coetzee: What the stats say


Ulster will be losing one of their star players at the end of this season as Marcell Coetzee returns home to South Africa to play for the Blue Bulls, but what do the statistics say about his time at Ulster?

Signed from Natal Sharks for the start of the 2016-17 season, Coetzee arrived injured and didn’t make his debut for Ulster until February 2017 against Edinburgh. Only making five appearances in his first two seasons due to a series of injuries, it was the 2018-19 season before he left his mark at Ravenhill, making 23 appearances as Ulster progressed to the knockout stages in both Europe and the league.

So far, the Springbok international has made 53 appearances since his debut and ranks 10th for Ulster in minutes played since the start of 2017-18 with 3311 minutes of action. He sits fifth for most tries (14) in the same time . . .

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