Coetzee forced into early retirement

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Nov 2011 at 10:24
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Former Sharks front ranker Eduard Coetzee has been forced to call time on his playing career following medical advice. The popular former Affies pupil, currently playing for Biarritz in France, risks serious brain injury if he continues to play rugby.

Coetzee was born and raised in Pretoria, attending Affies and Tuks – and representing the Bulls at age group and Vodacom Cup level – before making Durban his home in 2001. He went on to represent the Sharks for four years, emerging as a real stalwart during the turbulent Kevin Putt years, before casting in his lost and heading to France, where he joined Bayonne in 2005. Moving to Biarritz in 2007, he quickly become a fan favourite at the Basque club and was set to play on until at least 2013, when his current contract expires.

Coetzee’s dream of playing on has been dashed, though, as a result of three serious head knocks already this season, which have given two separate neurologists cause to rule him out of any further contact, at the risk of lasting damage. “For me it is over as far as rugby is concerned,” Coetzee confirmed to SAPA.

We’d like to wish Eddie all the best for whatever his future holds.


  • All the best for life after rugby Eduard. Rob, you are going to make people panic with that headline!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.11.11 10:44:32 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 1) : what? Me? NEVER! 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.11.11 10:45:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.11.11 10:54:26 by Franshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Geez! I think I “touched cloth” when I saw that headline! 😯 thx rob!

    Good luck to Eduard though!

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.11.11 11:19:01 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Spitefull! 🙂

    Good luck for whatever the future may hold Eduard..

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.11.11 11:19:53 by Ben Reply
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  • Its the unfortunate nature of a contact sport. Would have liked him to come back after spending a couple years in France…i think he could have really added value and possibly even push for a Bok spot. Just an aside…I wonder if the next Bok coach will give Mujati a look?

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.11 11:23:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • Flippit Roberto!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.11 13:06:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : Not sure he wants a look.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.11.11 13:19:43 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) : Yeh i kinda get your point. I would love to see Bok trials re-introduced…even if it is just a game between an SA based side vs overseas based side, or a Bok side vs Emerging Bok side or something like that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.11.11 13:28:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 1) : is there life after rugby 😯 :mrgreen:

    on a serious note and to the player : good luck with your other endavours.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.11.11 14:42:06 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SheldonK: I want the next bok coach to say that super rugby games versus overseas opponents (kiwi and aus team ) will serve as bok trials and not (NOT) games versus other sa teams ( local derbies).he must say that to win the world cup ,he wants to see what the players can do against the players they will most likely meet in the 4N and world cup games.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.11.11 15:41:54 by bergshark Reply

  • Biarritz sign Eugene Van Staden

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.11.11 19:58:47 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 12) : our info is that it’s a loan move and he’ll be back in time for Super Rugby

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.11.11 20:02:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • If players are going to start going off on these “off season” jaunts to Japan and Europe, they will pretty soon be estopped from relying on the old “too tired from too much rugby” excuse…

    There’s already too much rugby (as a fan I’m feeling it). The new S15 is just too much… can’t imagine how the players feel and now they throw a few extra games on top? Madness everywhere else but the pocket.

    How can it be in the Sharks interest for Van Staden to play more rugby in Europe instead of conditioning/resting (whatever they do) before the S15 in February next year?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.11.11 23:31:01 by siorc Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : So Eugene if off to France for good I hear. The Sharks are struggling to retain players…I wonder whats going on behind the scenes at the tank.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.11.11 09:06:56 by SheldonK Reply


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