WP Nel

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W.P. Nel
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Nel in 2017
Birth nameWillem Petrus Nel
Date of birth (1986-04-30) 30 April 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthLoeriesfontein, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb; 251 lb)
SchoolDrostdy THS
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–present Edinburgh 134 (80)
Correct as of 4 April 2019
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
W. Province
Correct as of 18 May 2012
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2012 Cheetahs 46 (45)
Correct as of 16 July 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present Scotland 24 (10)
Correct as of 16 November 2018

Willem Petrus Nel (born 30 April 1986) is a South African-born Scottish rugby union player. He plays as a prop for Edinburgh Rugby in the Pro14. He previously played for Free State Cheetahs, Western Province and the Boland Cavaliers.

Career in Scotland[edit]

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]

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

Nel played in all of Scotland's matches in the 2016 Six Nations but missed the 2016 Autumn Internationals and the entire 2017 Six Nations due to a neck injury.

In March 2017 it was announced that Nel had signed a three-year extension to his contract with Edinburgh.[5]


  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Cotter Names 31-man Scotland Squad Scottish Rugby. September 6, 2015
  5. ^ "WP Nel: Scotland prop signs new three-year deal at Edinburgh". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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