Marné Coetzee

Marné Coetzee (born 17 September 1993 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Pumas in the Currie Cup and in the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is tighthead prop.

Marné Coetzee
Date of birth (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight121 kg (19 st 1 lb; 267 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria
Glenwood High School, Durban
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead prop
Current team Pumas
Youth career
2009–2011 Blue Bulls
2012–2014 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 UKZN Impi 2 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 Sharks XV 7 (0)
2015–present Pumas 47 (5)
2017SWD Eagles 3 (0)
Correct as of 8 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 South Africa Schools 1 (0)
2013 South Africa Under-20 4 (0)
Correct as of 6 October 2015


Youth / Blue Bulls / South Africa SchoolsEdit

At high school level, Coetzee provincially represented the Blue Bulls at the Under-19 Grant Khomo Week tournament in 2009, at the Under-18 Academy Week tournament in 2010 and at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament in 2011. After the latter tournament, he was also selected in a South Africa Schools team. He started for them in their 21–14 victory over France in Port Elizabeth.[2]

Sharks / South Africa Under-20Edit

After finishing high school, Coetzee moved to Durban to join the Sharks academy. He made eight appearances for the Sharks U19 squad during the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship, making eight appearances for his side as they reached the semi-final of the competition, before losing 35–46 to the Blue Bulls U19s.[3]

In 2013, Coetzee was selected in the South Africa Under-20 team that attempted to retain the IRB Junior World Championship title that they won in 2012.[4] He played off the bench in their opening match of the competition as they beat the United States 97–0[5] and in their next match against England in their 31–24 victory.[6] He started their final pool match against hosts France, helping his side to a 26–19 victory[7] which ensured South Africa finished top of their pool and qualified to the semi-finals. He was an unused replacement as South Africa lost their semi-final match 17–18 to Wales,[8] but once again played off the bench as South Africa clinched third spot in the competition by beating New Zealand 41–34, to win their fourth third-place play-off match in six years.[9]

He returned to domestic action for the Sharks U21 side in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, making six appearances off the bench throughout the season. Coetzee's season ended in similar fashion as at Under-19 level the previous year, with his side reaching the semi-finals of the competition before losing to his former side, the Blue Bulls.[10]

He again represented the Sharks U21 in the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship, this time making five starts for the side in a disappointing season that saw them miss out on the semi-finals by finishing in fifth spot on the log.

In 2015, Coetzee started the season by representing university side UKZN Impi in the 2015 Varsity Shield. He made two appearances for the side that went on to win the competition for the first time. He missed out on the final stages of that competition as he linked up with the Sharks XV squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his domestic first class debut by coming on as a replacement in their 53–0 victory over the Border Bulldogs in their first match in the competition.[11] He started their next match, a 12–32 defeat to Western Province a week later[12] and remained in the starting line-up for the remainder of the competition, making a total of seven appearances as the Sharks XV finished sixth on the Southern Section log to miss out on the quarter finals.


Coetzee joined Nelspruit-based side the Pumas on loan for the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division[13] and made his Currie Cup debut for them by coming on as a replacement in their 20–9 home victory over the Eastern Province Kings.[14]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Marné Coetzee". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – SA Schools 21-14 France U18 A". South African Rugby Union. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 46-35 Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Steenkamp leads powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 97-0 USA". South African Rugby Union. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 31-24 England". South African Rugby Union. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – France 19-26 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 17-18 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 41-34 New Zealand". South African Rugby Union. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 36-13 The Sharks U21". South African Rugby Union. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks XV 53-0 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 32-12 Cell C Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Pumas fish in the Shark Tank". Rugby365. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Steval Pumas 20-9 EP Kings". South African Rugby Union. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2016.