Despite coming close to calling it a day by hanging up his boots due to recurring injuries while at Irish club Ulster, Springboks loose forward Marcell Coetzee, has made a miraculous return from injury and could be on the plane to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Coetzee will start in the Agentina Test on Saturday at Lofuts, and will add on to the 28 caps he has obtained with the Springboks since 2015.
“It has been a great journey of recovery for me, a year ago I was thinking about retirement at one stage with the continuous injuries that I suffered‚” Coetzee told TimesLive.
“If you asked me a year ago if I will be sitting here with you with about a month to go to the World Cup‚ I would have said ‘no ways’, but being back in the mix with the Boks is about enjoying every moment,” added Coetzee.
“The other important thing for me is to continue learning because you miss out on special moments and the professionalism of the players,” explained Coetzee.
The 28-year-old has been handed the chance to impress the coach when they face the Pumas.
“I am just thankful for the opportunity of getting out there with the boys but at the end of the day it is out of your hands‚” Coetzee said.
“All you can do is to produce the best on the pitch and it is up to the coach or the selectors to decide if it is good enough or not,” concluded Coetzee.