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Ulster rugby star charged with speeding

By Paul Higgins

Ulster and South African rugby star Marcell Coetzee has been charged with speeding.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court on Wednesday the 25-year-old back row forward was charged with three offences of speeding on October 6, 12 and 16 last year alleging that he breached a 40mph limit.

As the case was listed on foot of a PPS summons, Mr Coetzee was under no obligation to attend at court and was not present for the brief mention.

District Judge Mark Hamill adjourned the case to May 24.

Signed for Ulster in February last year Mr Coetzee, with an address on the Begny Road in Dromore, has scored 30 points in 28 appearances for his country.

He suffered a significant knee injury playing for Ulster last month in a Pro12 win over Zebre.

Former Natal Sharks player Coetzee joined Ulster on a three-year deal at the start of the 2016/17 season but had to wait until February this year to make his debut.

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