Corniel Els rugby player
Corniel Els rugby player

Corniel Els

19th Jan 1994 1.83m/103kg Hooker

Els made a move to Pretoria where he would join the Blue Bulls Academy, becoming the first-choice hooker for the Blue Bulls U19 side in the 2013 Under-19 Provincial Championship.

He represented Pretoria-based university side UP Tuks in the 2014 Varsity Cup competition, playing in six of their seven matches.

He earned a call-up to the South Africa U20 squad that competed at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

The following year, Els was included in the Blue Bulls squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup competition. He made his domestic first class debut by playing off the bench in the final few minutes of a 20–18 victory over eventual champions the Pumas.

In 2018, he was called into the Bulls wider Super Rugby training squad and made his debut against Stormers in 2019.

In January 2021, Els signed for Benetton on a short term deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.

JW Jan 2021


image Benetton Rugby
2021 - present
sa South Africa U20's
2014 - 2015
UP_Tuks UP Tuks
2014 - 2016
steval-pumas-logo Pumas
2019 - 2019
bb Blue Bulls
2015 - 2020
image (9) Bulls
2017 - 2020
lion3 London Scottish
2022 - 2022