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Coetzee's terrible luck lamented by Springboks and Ulster fans

South Africa and Ulster fans have shown their sympathy for loose forward Marcell Coetzee who was ruled out of next month’s World Cup with an ankle injury after a number of injury-plagued years. 

Ulster fans had campaigned all last season for the 28-year-old to make Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks squad and their wishes were answered when he was selected for the Rugby Championship. 

It looked likely he would make it to the World Cup, but he sustained an ankle injury last weekend against Argentina that will require surgery and put him out for 12 weeks. 

Fans at Ravenhill have experienced highs and lows since Coetzee arrived in 2016. He only managed five starts in his first two seasons due to persistent knee injuries, but he remained injury-free last season and was rightfully handed a recall to the Springboks. 

But injury has now struck again, leaving fans of his club and country to highlight his terrible luck on Twitter. 

After being overlooked by Heyneke Meyer for the 2015 World Cup, some fans fear that this was his last chance to compete in the global showcase as he will be 32 by the time of the 2023 tournament in France. Also, given what his body has already been through, he may no longer be on the Test radar. 

Ulster fans will be hoping this latest injury will not keep him out too long and they will hope he will make the same impression next season as he did last. This is what has been said: 

The injury to Coetzee has also raised some questions among Springboks fans regarding the balance of their back row, as he could cover both flanker and No8. 

With Warren Whiteley also looking like he will miss the World Cup, there are few options in the No8 behind Duane Vermeulen. However, fans also feel this injury all but confirms Kwagga Smith’s place on the plane to Japan. 

It is never nice to see anyone miss a World Cup through injury, but it is made worse knowing what Coetzee has been through over the past four years. 

WATCH: Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus and captain Schalk Brits talk to the media after last weekend’s win over Argentina in Pretoria

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Coetzee's terrible luck lamented by Springboks and Ulster fans