Well, it’s not really news that most of us here and especially yours truly has been very impressed by the game of a certain young Marcell Coetzee. It is however really big news if this player gets a special mention by the new Springbok coach.
According to NEWS24.com Meyer was speaking at a the second four-day Springbok planning camp in Pretoria on Wednesday, where players from the Bulls and Sharks assembled this week as part of preparations before the three-Test series against England in June.
Meyer said due to injuries to key players, he is forced to look at other alternatives, after he initially wanted to send an experienced Sprinbok team onto the field in the first test.
“Like I said, I thought it would be an experienced side just to get us going and get the continuity because the guys know a lot of the stuff and lead the youngsters. “But it’s changed a lot and I think we’ll go for a younger team than I expected to go with,” Meyer told SAPA
Meyer was reluctant to single out names, but according to Beeld, he did mention that he was impressed with Coetzee.
“We have an abundance of quality loose forwards, but I’m very impressed with his (Coetzee’s) form thus far for the Sharks.
“There are brilliant young players putting their hands up, so it won’t be a problem for me to pick more of them for the Bok team,” said Meyer.
Marcell has been a stand-out in the Sharks team so far this season and he plays with a will to win. He has an incredible work-rate and plays well under pressure. Coetzee has also had to play both open and blindside flank and have made both positions his own. Then not even to mention the fact that he is actually an 8th man. So that would make him a very versatile choice for the Bokke.
In my mind Meyer has nothing to worry about if he chooses the young yster for the bokke. As someone once said: “if he is good enough, he is old enough”….and Coetzee is certainly good enough.
Go MARCELL, you good thang! I am sure if the honour befalls you, you will do an excellent job of it.