Forward blow for South Africa
Marcell Coetzee has been ruled out of the up and coming World Cup for South Africa due to an ankle injury.
An impressive season for Ulster saw him recalled to the Springboks training camp after he had been kept out of the squad following a succession of injury problems.
Now the Ulster Rugby Writers' Player of the Year has been ruled out for 12 weeks after damaging an ankle and suffering a head injury in a warm-up game with Argentina.
He is also expected to miss the start of the of the new season in September.
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