The surprise omission of Marcell Coetzee from the Springbok squad to face the British & Irish Lions confirms the world champions will continue to advance with a heavy bench, writes ZELIM NEL.
Coetzee failed to make the cut in an expanded 46-man group to tackle the Lions in three Tests and a once-off match between the tourists and South Africa A. This despite marking his Bulls debut on return from a mid-term injury with an outstanding individual performance in Friday night’s last-minute 31-27 win over the Stormers.
Incumbent Bok No 8 Duane Vermeulen was forced from the match with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury and SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Coetzee has been placed on emergency standby. But the delay in calling up the multi-talented 30-Test loose forward confirms that Erasmus has not placed a big premium on versatility in the back row.
While Coetzee was a big-name signing for the Bulls earlier this year after writing his name into…