The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Stephan Coetzee for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old South African hooker (29 in January) is 6’1″ and 250 lbs.
Stephan started weeks 3 and 4 and was a reserve in week 5 during the truncated MLR season. He then played in the World Tens Series in Bermuda for the London Royals.
Stephan played 1085 minutes in 18 matches, scoring 8 tries, carrying 65 times for 323 meters, and making 204 tackles. He is an important cog in the front row that makes the Seawolves a leading scrummaging team and one that has led to two championships.
Stephen was born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa, and went to Paarl Boys’ High school. He played age-grade rugby with the Western Province Under-16s during Grant Khomo Week in 2008, for the Under-18s for Academy Week in 2009, and in 2010 for Craven Week.
He then attended the Western Province Rugby Institute in 2011 and played for the Under-19s in the Provincial Championship and for the Under-20s in the 2012 and 2013 Provincial Championship. In 2013 the team won the championship and he also appeared in the Vodacom Cup.
In 2014 Stephan made his Senior debut for Western Province against the Boland Cavaliers. He played in 8 matches, starting 6, and also made an appearance in the 2014 Vodacom Cup.
In 2014 he moved to New Zealand and made 7 appearances for the Super Rugby Stormers. In 2015 he moved to Kimberly, South Africa, and made one appearance with the Griquas, before signing a contract with the Cheetahs, making 11 appearances.
Then it was on to the Sharks XV from 2016-2017. There he made 23 appearances and scored 5 tries. He also played with the Super Rugby Cell C Sharks in 2017 making 3 appearances.
During the 2017-2018 season, he played PRO 14 Rugby with the Southern Kings, making 18 appearances. He now joins the Seattle Seawolves for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.