Highly regarded ex-coach Brendan Venter also aptly pinpointed Coetzee’s value in a recent column for Sport24: ‘In terms of replacing the retired Francois Louw off the bench, I reckon a guy like Marco van Staden could feature, while another option is Marcell Coetzee.

‘Coetzee could be a very valuable inclusion because of his experience, particularly against European opposition. Older players, we know, are unbelievably useful, and you only have to look at how he has fought through all of his injury setbacks to see he is the type of person who can benefit the group. Experience is going to be essential.’