Marcell Coetzee called into South Africa training squad ahead of World Cup
Ulster's Marcell Coetzee will get his chance to earn a World Cup spot after being called into the South Africa training squad.
The 28-year-old endured an injury-hit spell after moving to the province in 2016, putting his Springbok career on hold, but an impressive 18/19 campaign has led to a call-up from Rassie Erasmus.
The head coach has named a 26-strong panel ahead of the Rugby Championship, which gets under way when South Africa host Australia on July 20.
If Coetzee can continue the form that saw him named Ulster Rugby Writers' Player of the Year, he will hope to earn his place on the plane to Japan for the Rugby World Cup.
Earlier this year, he had underlined his desire to forge his way back into the South Africa squad.
"I’m very passionate about playing for the Boks,” he said. “Once you’ve had a taste of playing in the green and gold, it’s like an addiction and you just want to experience more and more.
“The one thing I can say is that if I should ever get the call-up, I’d jump at the chance. I’m still so passionate about the Springbok jersey and so all I can do is ensure that I’m performing well enough to be ready if the opportunity comes around again.”
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