WP Nel rugby player
WP Nel rugby player

WP Nel

30th Apr 1986 1.82m/120kg Tighthead Prop

An immensely powerful scrummager and dynamic ball carrier, Nel was held in high esteem in the southern hemisphere, with his capture seen as a major coup for Edinburgh Rugby, where he has combined his immense scrummaging power with an impressive turn of pace.

As a stand out for Western Province in the 2008 Vodacom Cup, Nel was loaned to Boland Kaveliers to compete in the Currie Cup, where he was spotted, and snapped up, by the Free State Cheetahs. Nel stayed a Cheetah for four years from his Super Rugby debut against the Waratah’s at the tail end of 2009.

He then starred in the club’s journey to the Currie Cup final in which his highlight was undoubtedly a semi-final overpowering of Natal Sharks’ South Africa internationalist Tendai ‘the Beast’ Mtawarira. At his current club Edinburgh, Nel has amassed 92 appearances and scored three tries.

Nel joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2012 on a three-year deal, which was subsequently extended, and has made 102 appearances in the black and red since debuting against Munster the same year

Nel qualified to play for Scotland through residency in 2015 and went on to make his international debut later that year against Italy in Turin.

He has since been awarded 15 Scotland caps – including appearances in all of the national side’s Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2016 RBS 6 Nations matches – scoring two tries in the process.

The South African-born prop was included in the Scotland squad for the 2017 Six Nations, but ruled out a week later with a neck injury sustained during his club’s European Challenge Cup win over Harlequins.

Nel joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2012 on a three-year deal, which was subsequently extended, and has made 102 appearances in the black and red since debuting against Munster the same year

In March 2017, Edinburgh Rugby announced the re-signing of Nel on a three-year deal, keeping him at the capital club until at least May 2020.

After missing most of the season with a neck injury, Nel was included in the Scotland squad for their upcoming three-Test summer tour. Nel enters the June Internationals with 15 caps to his name.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Nel has had 31 European Cups appearances scoring 3 tries and 15 points.

Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Nel has 26 test caps.

(18/5/17)

AC

ML 17/01/19

Career

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Tighthead Prop
2012 - present
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Tighthead Prop
2015 - present
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Tighthead Prop
2009 - 2012
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Tighthead Prop
2017 - 2017