Nel is Edinburgh bound

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2012 at 09:20
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Cheetahs prop WP Nel has signed a 3-year contract to play for Scottish club side Edinburgh and will head north to join his new team later in the year.

According to a press release from Edinburgh, Nel will need to obtain a visa (which may not be straightforward unless he has an ancestral connection) and will then join up with the side after the current Super Rugby season, which ends at the end of July.

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley told SuprtSport’s Brenden Nel that β€œwe’re delighted to have signed WP Nel for the next three seasons; a player of the calibre, experience and expertise that we seek to attract to the club and to serve our ambitions to put Edinburgh Rugby among the top clubs in Europe.

β€œHe has a lot of experience for a 25-year-old prop and will bring a huge amount to our performance on the pitch and to the development of the talented young props we have at the club.”

Losing Nel will be a blow to the Cheetahs, who only have young Trevor Nyakane providing depth on the tighthead side. It remains to be seen whether last year’s attempts to turn Coeinie Oosthuizen into a 3 will be resurrected this season, once he recovers from injury.


  • That’s too bad for the Cheetahs and SA πŸ™

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.12 10:47:21 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 1) :

    No big loss.

    “He’s no Wiehahn Herbst, future Springbok superstar/tighthead” – Rob.

    He doesn’t really believe it to be a blow to the Cheetahs.

    On the positive side, Oosthuizen will now get more opportunity to play at his favoured position of tighthead.

    And him and Marcel vd Merwe will make a hell of a combination in the loose. If they can get the scrums stable, the Cheetahs will be in a good spot.

    Bit gutted WP decided to pack his bags though. At the moment, without a doubt in the top 3 tightheads in SA. Real shame Werner Kruger was capped ahead of him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.12 10:57:01 by hendrikp Reply

  • Pity. He had potential.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.12 12:14:27 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • Apparently has a Scottish grandfather.

    Welcome aboard, McNell :mrgreen:

    Will be great to see how Marcel and Coenie go together in Suparugby though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.12 17:36:46 by LordHope Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) : it is a loss for the Cheetahs. Your mistake is assuming I care πŸ™‚

    Nel is not bad, but he’s also not great. Another so-called “big name” to get properly Chadwicked in the Currie Cup. Ironically, it was Nyakane who came on to steady the ship after WP had made like his namesakes and rolled over in the scrum πŸ™‚

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.12 18:13:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @LordHope (Comment 4) : oh right, so he’ll get an ancestral visa no problems… could even play for them.

    I’m amazed how many Afrikaans Scots there are (or vice versa)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.12 18:26:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think the whole idea of bringing Nel aboard (or the defining reason) was so that he could play for Scotland.

    New management seems to have realized that if you can’t beat a team filled with South Africans, might as well level the playing field. 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.12 19:27:46 by LordHope Reply

  • @LordHope (Comment 7) :

    If you can’t beat a team filled with South Africans, be a team filled with South Africans…

    Yessir, they signed WP for the sole purpose of him playing for Scotland in the near future. Scottish clubs don’t otherwise bother with overseas players too much.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.12 19:39:17 by hendrikp Reply


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