WP Nel

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W.P. Nel
Full name Willem Petrus Nel
Date of birth (1986-04-30) 30 April 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Loeriesfontein, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
School Drostdy THS
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tighthead Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–present Edinburgh 99 (75)
Correct as of 6 September 2015
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
W. Province
Correct as of 18 May 2012
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–2012 Cheetahs 46 (45)
Correct as of 16 July 2012
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2015–present Scotland 15 (10)
Correct as of 25 June 2016

Willem Petrus Nel (born 30 April 1986) is a South African-born Scotland international rugby union player. He plays as a prop for Edinburgh Rugby in the Pro12. He previously played for Free State Cheetahs, Western Province and the Boland Cavaliers.

Nel joined Scottish Pro 12 side Edinburgh in July 2012.[1]

After three years at Murrayfield Stadium, Nel became eligible to represent Scotland in June 2015, and claimed he would decline an invitation to represent his native Springboks in order to do so.[2] He made his international bow against Italy during the 2015 summer Tests, and was subsequently named in the final 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[3][4]

Nel scored his first international try in the 39–16 World Cup match against the USA.


  1. ^ "Edinburgh secure Cheetahs prop WP Nel for next season". bbc.co.uk. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  2. ^ Lyall, Jamie Edinburgh's WP Nel nails colours to Scotland mast BBC Sport. September 6, 3015
  3. ^ http://thescotlandteam.com/the-squad-2/
  4. ^ Cotter Names 31-man Scotland Squad Scottish Rugby. September 6, 2015

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