Gert Coetzer

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Gert Coetzer
Personal information
Full name Gert Coetzer
Nickname Oupa
Born Bloemfontein?, South Africa
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1963–Feb 63 Bloemfontein Aquilae
Feb 1963–68 Wakefield Trinity 191
Total 191 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1965–≥65 Commonwealth XIII ≥1

Gert 'Oupa' Coetzer is a South African professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, playing at representative level for Commonwealth XIII, and at club level for Bloemfontein Aquilae (SA), and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 682), as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Oupa Coetzer represented Commonwealth XIII while at Wakefield Trinity in 1965 against New Zealand at Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre, London on Wednesday 18 August 1965,[1] and was selected for the South Africa squad to play in the 1963 tour of Australia. Unfortunately, he was injured during the opening tour match in Canberra, and took no further part in the tour, and as South Africa played no further internationals in this era, there were no further opportunities to win international caps.

Championship Final Appearances[edit]

Oupa Coetzer played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored two tries in Wakefield Trinity's 21-9 victory over St. Helens in the Championship final replay during the 1966–67 season at Station Road, Swinton on Wednesday 10 May 1967, and played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, in the 17-10 victory over Hull in the Championship final during the 1967-68 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 4 May 1968.[2]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Oupa Coetzer played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored 2-tries in Wakefield Trinity's 25-10 victory over Wigan in the 1963 Challenge Cup final during the 1962–63 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1963, in front of a crowd of 84,492.[2]

County Cup final appearances[edit]

Oupa Coetzer played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Wakefield Trinity's 18-2 victory over Leeds in the 1964 Yorkshire County Cup final during the 1964–65 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 31 October 1964.


  1. ^ "…and win at Crystal Palace". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9

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