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Ulster want Euro return for Coetzee


Marcell Coetzee
Marcell Coetzee

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster are counting the cost of losing Marcell Coetzee and Louis Ludik for Friday's PRO14 Irish derby with Munster at Kingspan.

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The province are now hoping star forward Coetzee will be fit for next weekend's crunch European clash at Clermont.

The powerhouse back-rower has been ruled out of this week's clash with Munster after having to leave early in last Friday's 35-3 win over Connacht following a heavy collision.

The 28-year-old Springbok is now following the return to play protocols due to being forced off in the aftermath of a clash of heads from an attempted tackle by former Ulster prop Paddy McAllister.

McAllister has been cited over the incident and is facing a disciplinary hearing in Dublin today for a potential infringement of Law 9.13, which states that "a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously".

Coetzee underwent a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) and, according to Ulster assistant coach Dwayne Peel, will not play this week.

Ludik suffered ankle damage against Connacht and could be out for a significant period.

Ulster are expecting to have Ireland players Iain Henderson, Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy available to take on Munster.

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