Austin Gilgronis re-signed Robbie Coetzee for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old hooker (33 in May) is 6’1″ and 235 lbs.
Robbie played 342 minutes in 8 matches, starting 5, and scored one try for the Gilgronis in 2021.
Robbie is from Pretoria, South Africa, and attended Hoërskool Wonderboom, before finishing high school at Hoërskool Eldoraigne. He played youth rugby for the Blue Bulls U18s in 2006-2007, for the Free State Cheetahs U19s and U21s 2008-2009, and the Blue Bulls in 2010.
He attended the University of Pretoria and played for the Tuks from 2010-2011, making 13 appearances. In 2012 he made 11 appearances for the Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup and The Currie Cup. From 2013-2019 he played with the Golden Lions XV 9 times in Vodacom Cup and the Rugby Challenge, scoring 1 try. During the same period, he made 44 appearances and scored 5 tries. In 2013 he made his Super Rugby debut in a 21-20 win over the Cheetahs and has made 49 appearances and scored 5 tries through 2020.
Robbie’s Super Rugby career was marred by a knee injury in 2016, which saw him miss 4 months, and also in 2018, which had him miss 9 months before his return in 2019 against the Sunwolves.
In 2014 Robbie had a trial with the Springboks, however, he needed to withdraw from the European Tour after sustaining a neck injury.