Durban - The Sharks on Thursday confirmed that loose forward Marcell Coetzee will join Irish club Ulster at the conclusion of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign.
Sharks Gary Gold, Director of Rugby, said: “Marcell has made a significant contribution in recent seasons but we understand the appeal of the huge salaries on offer in Europe. He will be missed, and yet his departure will create new opportunities for the group of outstanding loose forwards emerging in our squad,” Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold said.
“Marcell is fully committed for Super Rugby, and will captain the Sharks team in the match against Toulouse this evening (Thursday)."
The 24-year-old Coetzee has played 28 Tests for the Springboks since making his debut in 2012.
Sharks team v Toulouse:
15. Willie le Roux, 14. Wandile Mjekevu, 13. Heimar Williams, 12. Johan Deysel, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Christiaan de Bruin, 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5. Hyron Andrews, 4. Dave McDuling, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Gerhard Engelbrecht, 18. Daniel du Preez, 19. Jean-Luc du Preez, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Paul Jordaan, 24. Odwa Ndungane, 25. Joe Pietersen