Bok’s heart beats red for Ellis Park

Andries Coetzee has expressed his delight at being able to return to the Lions after a short stint in Europe.

Coetzee made his first run-out in a Lions jersey since returning to Johannesburg from Italy in the pre-season friendly against the Sharks at Ellis Park.

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The Sharks claimed a thrilling 45-43 victory but, Coetzee, who played for the Lions between 2012 and 2020, was nevertheless happy to be back home.

“When I got the opportunity to return to the Lions, I grabbed it with both hands. It was a simple decision,” Coetzee told Netwerk24.

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“To be able to pull the Lions jersey over my head again and run out on Ellis Park is a feeling I can’t describe. Ellis Park has had a deep place in my heart for more than 10 years.

“It’s nice to be back here. This is where I want to be.”

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