Educated at Queens College in the Eastern Cape, the tighthead prop played his junior Provincial rugby with Border before representing South African Schools in 2010. 2011 saw Dell heading to the Sharks Academy but it was in 2012 that scrumming machine made his mark when winning the IRB Junior World Championship with the Baby Boks and getting his senior Currie Cup debut.
A year later saw the prop's introduction into Super Rugby, in what promised to be a long successful career.
The former IRB Junior World Championship-winning Baby Bok prop was lured to Edinburgh in 2014 before being named in Vern Cotter's extended squad for RWC 2015.
October 2016, saw Dell get included into Scotland's squad for the 2016 Autumn Tests against Australia, Argentina and Georgia.
Dell made his debut for Scotland starting at Loosehead Prop against Australia in the opening 2016 Autumn Test match in November 2016, and was followed by a second starting appearance for the prop a week later in their 19-16 win over Argentina at BT Murrayfield.
In January 2017, he was included in Scotland's squad to compete in the 2017 Six Nations tournament.
Dell was a 2017 British and Irish Lions tourist whose selection for the tour of New Zealand followed a string of impressive performances in his first season of international rugby.
He was an ever-present player in the Scotland match day squad throughout 2018 taking his test cap tally to 17.
In January 2019, Dell signed with London Irish and linked up with the Exiles ahead of the 2019/20 season.
He was also included in the Scotland Six Nations squad where he looked to add to his 5 caps in the competition.
He entered the 2019 Six Nations with 17 overall test caps.
He earned three more Scotland caps during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
2020 would then see him get a call-up to the squad that would compete at the 2020 Six Nations.
|South Africa U20's
|2012 - 2012|
|2013 - 2013|
|2012 - 2016|
|2014 - 2019|
|British & Irish Lions
|2017 - 2021|
|2016 - 2021|