Two of Vodacom Western Province’s new recruits, flyhalf Willem de Waal and No 8 AJ Venter, will be making their debut on Friday night in the opening Absa Currie Cup fixture against the Natal Sharks in Durban.
And lock Ross Skeate will be leading WP for the first time.
Scrumhalf Alastair Siegelaar and centre PJ Vermeulen will be making their Currie Cup debut in the Shark tank.
Province lost 18 players to the national team, the Emerging Springboks and Fiji. Coetzee said he was glad to have the luxury of falling back on the experience of Venter and De Waal.
He, however, is adamant that his game plan will not be built around these experienced provincial players.
“Every coach in South Africa will endorse that Willem is a serious campaigner and the same goes for AJ. But I don’t want to coach a side around one player – what happens if he has an off day?
“It will affect the side,” the former Bok assistant coach said.
He reckons his side will travel to Durban as the underdogs against a Sharks side intent on getting off to a winning start at home.
“You can say that we will be the underdogs against the Sharks, considering all the guys that are with the Springboks.”
He expressed confidence in the ability of the youngsters who will be tasked with making Province supporters proud on Friday evening. “We assembled a young squad who are all eager to prove themselves.
“So I am confident in the ability of the boys that will be playing.”
15. Gio Aplon
14. Wylie Human
13. Dylan des Fountain
12. PJ Vermeulen
11. Joe Pietersen
10. Willem de Waal
9. Alastair Siegelaar
8. AJ Venter
7. Francois Louw
6. Pieter Myburgh
5. Ross Skeate (capt)
4. Adriaan Fondse
3. Brok Harris
2. Deon Fourie
1. Schalk Ferreira
16. Simon Westraadt
17. Wicus Blaauw
18. Ruaan Du Preez
19. Francois Van der Merwe
20. Justin Melck
21. Paul Delport
22. Zhahier Ryland