Friday 15 December 2017

Ulster wait over for Coetzee

Marcell Coetzee. Photo: Getty
Marcell Coetzee. Photo: Getty

Jonathan Bradley

Star Ulster signing Marcell Coetzee has admitted he can't wait for his first taste of the Kingspan Stadium tonight.

Ulster meet Edinburgh in Pro12 action with Coetzee named to make his debut for the province at No 8 after 10 months out of the game with a knee injury.

The 25-year-old - who signed a three-year deal a year ago but has had to wait for his first outing thanks to an ACL injury sustained for his old club, the Sharks in South Africa - is the headline act of what is a strong selection from Les Kiss despite the Six Nations fixtures.

"After being out for 10 months, there's a great buzz and excitement just to go out and finally make my debut for Ulster," the Springbok said.

"I just want to enjoy every minute and be out there appreciating the game again. Training has been good this week and we're ready."

The province were returned two of their Irish contingent - both Stuart McCloskey and Tommy Bowe will take places on the bench - but are also further boosted by players ready for action again after injury.

Ulster - L Ludik; J Stockdale, D Cave, S Olding, C Piutau; P Nelson, P Marshall; A Warwick, J Andrew, R Lutton; K Treadwell, A O'Connor; R Diack, C Henry (c), M Coetzee.

Reps: J Murphy, C Black, W Herbst, P Browne, S Reidy, D Shanahan, S McCloskey, T Bowe

Edinburgh - B Kinghorn; D Hoyland, C Dean, P Burleigh, T Brown; J Tovey, S Kennedy; J Cosgrove, N Cochrane (c), M McCallum; F McKenzie, B Toolis; V Mata, J Hardie, M Bradbury

Reps: S McInally, D Appiah, N Beavon, L Carmichael, V Fihaki, S Hidalgo-Clyne, M Allen, R Scholes

Ref - N Owens (Wales)

Ulster v Edinburgh,

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