Tue 4 Oct 2022 | 09:55

CONFIRMED: Bulls to lose their captain

CONFIRMED: Bulls to lose their captain
Tue 4 Oct 2022 | 09:55
CONFIRMED: Bulls to lose their captain
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TRANSFER NEWS: Japanese club Kobe Steelers have confirmed that Springbok flank and Bulls captain Marcell Coetzee will be joining them for the upcoming Japan League One season.

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Earlier this year there were reports that the 31-year-old was in negotiations with the Bulls to extend his contract to 2026, which included a stint in Japan as part of the deal.

The Japanese club mentioned that Coetzee will be a new addition for the “2022/2023 season”. More details on Coetzee’s move are expected from the Pretoria franchise.

The Japan League One fixtures run from December 17 to April 23 with the play-offs to follow after that.

Coetzee joined the Bulls from Ulster in 2021. Before that, he had a stint in Japan between 2015 and 2016 with Honda Heat.

He was previously with the Sharks between 2011 and 2016.

“I am looking forward to playing in League One as a member of the Kobelco Kobe Steelers and meeting the fans at the stadium,” said Coetzee.

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“I will do everything in my power to help the Kobe Steelers win the championship.

“My family and I are looking forward to new life and new encounters in Japan.”

Coetzee is currently with the Bulls squad that departed for Europe on Monday for a three-match tour in the United Rugby Championship.

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