Cheetahs to lose prop WP Nel

2012-02-15 16:33

Johannesburg- The Cheetahs will lose another seasoned player at the end of this year’s Super Rugby season after prop WP Nel signed a three year contract to join Edinburgh until 2015.

Nel will play his season with the Cheetahs in the Southern Hemisphere tournament before heading to the Scottish capital to join the Heineken Cup quarter-finalists, but according to a press release put out by Edinburgh, it seems he will not be available for the Cheetahs after the enforced break due to the English Test series.

“Subject to visa, the 25-year-old front-row will join the club this summer after a final season in Super Rugby, with the season running from February to July,” the press statement reads, indicating Nel would have to join up with the club in August.

But the loss of another front ranker is a blow to the Cheetahs, as Nel became a stalwart in the scrum and has 32 Super Rugby caps to his name.

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley said: “We’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.

“He 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.”

At Edinburgh Nel will join up with British and Irish Lion Ross Ford, who he played against in the Cheetahs' loss to the touring side in 2009. 


  • Nick - 2012-02-15 16:48

    SA rugby cannot afford to keep bleeding players to Europe.. Other than Jannie du Plessis - our tight-head prop cupboard is very bare.. A huge loss for the Cheetahs - however - knowing Grey Bloem and Free State - they will soon unearth another gem.. :) If he's good enough - then WP Nel must remain in Bok rugby's plans - regardless of where he plays. As Heynecke says - it's about taking the Boks back to no. 1 - and staying there! :) And we will only do that - if the best players play.. :) (It's time we unseated the perennial cheats - New Zealand!)

      Nick - 2012-02-16 10:38

      @ Jaco - it wasn't a reference to WP Nel's alma mater personally - but a reference to Grey Bloem itself being an annual converyor belt of the most brilliant rugby talent coming out of any school in SA, arguably the world... Year-after-year-after-year - Grey Bloem produces the talent - only for many of these young players to be poached by the wealthier unions... A simple perusal through the team sheets of any of the Sharks (Natal); Blue Bulls (Northern Transvaal); Stormers (WP); and Lions (Transvaal) over any given period - say - the last 30 years - will reflect the role Grey Bloem has played in providing the best rugby talent in SA.. No arguments - Grey Bloem and Free State are SA rugby's nursery - fact. And - on that note - any attempt to relegate them (or force them into union with the Lions as the Cats) for the jokers and no-hopers (aka the Kings) from PE in next year's S15 - will be an absolute rugby travesty. But for money and sponsorships - Free State would have won the Currie Cup at least another 8 to 10 times over the last couple of decades or so, not to mention possibly a Super Rugby title.. Now, finally, they have Toyota SA on board - the first company in SA to give them a fair shake of the financial pie - and for that - they deserve huge respect and a Thank-You from all who have SA rugby's best interests at heart.. :)

      Hanjo - 2012-02-16 11:39

      Nick, apparently he is eligible to play for Scotland through his grand father. so that call up has to come this year, otherwise the Scots might snap him up. -

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 16:50

    In 10 years' time, when he's 35, he can go and retire at Province.

      Bluey - 2012-02-15 17:39

      @Dozer Have you got enough attention yet? yaaaaawwwwwwn

      Bluey - 2012-02-15 17:43

      Sorry, I meant Shane not "Dozer or Loyd blah blah blah".....boring

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 17:49

      Hoe's die weer in die Mitchells Plein?

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 18:00

      Its seems when Bulldozer is not stealing profiles, he's boring the crap out of everyone...........BULLS ARE FAIRIES

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 18:13

      Haal jou kop uit jou gat uit, plank. Daar is net een ou wat profiles steel. Dit lyk my almal weet wie dit is, behalwe jy. Idioot.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 20:29

      @@Bulldozer, hou op met jou k*k. Soek jy 'n PK???

      Shane - 2012-02-15 20:43

      Die dokter van Kanada is weer verveeld, sien ek.

  • Johann - 2012-02-15 21:31

    There goes another one, just like the other one .............. pity our franchises, specially Cheetahs, can not hold on to our guys. Even if they could only stay in RSA

  • Johann - 2012-02-15 21:37

    PS. G'n wonder ons "gewone RUGBY" supporters vee ons af aan julle Bulle se k****k remarks

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 21:57

      Ek stem saam, oom. Party Bul supporters kan darem maar vreeslik nonsens praat.

  • Dustin - 2012-02-16 09:20

    Coenie Oosthuizen will be the next Springbok tighthead prop. Can play tight- and loosehead but prefers tighthead. Barring serious injury he can become one of the greatest tightheads SA has ever produced. He has scrummed down against most of the world's best and has never been disgraced. If his age is taken into account it's clear that his best years are still to come. Has everything a top international prop should have, powerful scrummer, ball carrier, sound defense and one of the leading turnover winners in last year's competition. Add a "take no s#$t attitude" and he seems to be the complete package.

  • reyn.dewet - 2012-02-16 12:22

    Sorry to see him go but not to devistated. Of all the props at the Cheetahs, he is the one I mind less to be leaving. And soon more will come through the factory like they have always done. Haak VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!

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