Cornell du Preez is a South African born Scotland international rugby union player who currently plays for Gallagher Premiership Rugby side Worcester Warriors.

Cornell du Preez
Birth nameCornell Gerhard du Preez
Date of birth (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb; 17 st 0 lb)
SchoolFramesby High School
UniversityNorth West University
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Position(s) No.8 / Flanker
Youth career
Leopards, S.A. Academy
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 NWU Pukke
Edinburgh Academicals
5 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Worcester Warriors
Correct as of 22 May 2018
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 Eastern Province Kings 23 55
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Southern Kings 16 (15)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Africa U20
Correct as of 3 February 2018

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

He was born in Port Elizabeth, but went to North West University in Potchefstroom, where he played in the Varsity Cup for NWU Pukke. He represented the Leopards in the Under-19 and Under-21 Provincial Championship competitions and was named in the Leopards squad for 2011, without making an appearance.

He was first assigned to Edinburgh Academicals when not in use by Edinburgh Rugby.[1][2][3]

He was assigned to Heriots in 2015-16.[4]

Professional careerEdit

He joined the Eastern Province Kings on 1 November 2011, where he signed a two-year deal. He was also named in the Southern Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

He was released during the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season to join Alan Solomons at Edinburgh Rugby for the 2013–14 season.[5]

Du Preez had a successful first season at Murrayfield, racking up 23 appearances and ultimately being named 'Newcomer of the Year'.[6] A serious leg injury sustained in October 2014 during a match against Newport Gwent Dragons saw Du Preez missing a substantial part of the 2014–2015 season.[7]

On 13 February 2018, Preez to leave Edinburgh for English side Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership ahead of the 2018-19 season.[8]

International careerEdit

He was part of the South Africa Under-20s team that played at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[9]

On 13 November 2016 he was called into the Scotland squad for the Autumn International Series as an injury replacement.[10] He was called up again for the 2017 Six Nations Championship,[11] making his debut against England at Twickenham before gaining his second test cap the following week in the final day victory over Italy.[12][13]

Du Preez made his first international start in November 2017, wearing the Number 8 shirt in a narrow 17-22 defeat to the All Blacks.[14]


  1. ^ "Players aligned to top domestic clubs - Edinburgh Rugby".
  2. ^ "Article".
  3. ^ "Scots clubs learn player draft from Pro12 duo". 18 August 2014 – via
  4. ^ "Pro players allocated clubs in draft for new season".
  5. ^ "Cornell du Preez released to play for Edinburgh Rugby". Rugby15. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ "ER Awards: Gilchrist scoops top gong - Edinburgh Rugby".
  7. ^ "Edinburgh Rugby (Cornell Du Preez) - Edinburgh Rugby".
  8. ^ "Worcester sign Cornell du Preez and Ashley Beck but David Denton is leaving club". Sky Sports. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  9. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship - South Africa". Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Scotland call up uncapped Cornell du Preez for Argentina Test". BBC. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Six Nations: Scott and Taylor return to Scotland squad". BBC. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
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