Aranos Coetzee. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)
- Unassuming Johan “Aranos” Coetzee will make history this weekend when he becomes the first Namibian to earn 100 caps for a SA team.
- A veteran of two World Cups, the 34-year-old has prided himself on simply doing the basics very well.
- Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie though hopes his veteran prop has a chance to show off his hidden pace with a line-break somewhere in the twilight of his career.
Out of the group of prominent Namibian exponents, Johan “Aranos” Coetzee is arguably the last man the rugby fraternity would’ve nominated as the guy to make history in the local game.
Friday afternoon at the Cape Town Stadium, the 34-year-old tighthead will become the first player from the noisy neighbours to earn 100 caps for a South African team.
Men like Renaldo Bothma, Jacques Burger, Rohan Kitshoff, Kees Lensing, Theuns Kotze and Johan Deysel have been far more successful in capturing the imagination, but – as this achievement attests to – reliability and longevity gets duly rewarded.
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