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Coetzee Claims PRO14 Players’ Player Of The Season Award

Coetzee Claims PRO14 Players’ Player Of The Season Award

South African star Marcell Coetzee had some big moments again in the Ulster jersey during this season's Guinness PRO14 campaign ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ulster and South Africa number 8 Marcell Coetzee has been voted the Guinness PRO14 Players’ Player of the Season for 2020/21.

Coetzee has delivered stellar performances for Ulster throughout the Guinness PRO14 campaign by sharing the top try scorer title (9), ranking first for offloads (20) while also ranking in the top five for successful carries (67), and claiming 95% success in his 105 tackles.

The 29-year-old was voted in by his fellow players with all captains and vice-captains in the Guinness PRO14 casting their ballots for the award.

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Coetzee, who has won 30 caps for South Africa, is the latest winner of the prestigious award which has most recently been won by Duhan van der Merwe, Bill Mata (both Edinburgh), Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets), Charles Piutau (Ulster) and Bundee Aki (Connacht).

Speaking about winning the award, Coetzee said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to accept this award given the talent in this year’s Guinness PRO14.

“As we all know, rugby is a team sport so I want to thank my coaches and team-mates for always investing time and energy to help me grow as a player. Every time I get to go out there is always special.”