Adriaan Ruhan Nel, born on 17 May 1991 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is a talented South African rugby union player. He is known for his versatility, playing as a full-back, winger, and centre. Standing at a height of 1.91 meters (6 feet 3 inches) and weighing 101 kilograms (223 pounds), Nel possesses the physical attributes that make him a formidable player on the field.
Nel's rugby journey began during his youth, attending Hoërskool Brandwag in Benoni, where he honed his skills and passion for the sport. He started his youth career playing for the Pumas in 2010 before joining the Golden Lions in 2012. With the Golden Lions, he made his mark, earning seven appearances for the Golden Lions XV and three appearances for the senior team in the 2013 Vodacom Cup. In 2015, Nel represented Griquas in the Currie Cup Premier Division, further expanding his experience.
In addition to his club rugby success, Nel also made a significant impact at the international level. He was a key member of the South African Sevens team, representing his country in the 2014–2015 IRB Sevens World Series. With 147 appearances and 247 points to his name, he contributed greatly to the team's success.
Nel's professional career includes playing for Western Province since 2017, earning 36 appearances and scoring 35 points. He has also been a vital member of the Stormers, representing them since 2019 with 39 appearances and 40 points. His dedication and skills have made him an integral part of both teams.
Notably, Nel comes from a rugby family, with his brother Jacques Nel also making a name for himself in the sport. Their combined talent and commitment to the game have contributed to their success and the legacy of their family in South African rugby.
As of the latest available information in July 2022, Adriaan Ruhan Nel continues to excel in his rugby career, representing the Stormers and Western Province. His achievements and contributions both at the club and international level demonstrate his skill, dedication, and commitment to the sport.
|2017 - present
|2019 - present
|2012 - 2014
|2015 - 2016
|2018 - 2018
|South Africa 7's
|2014 - 2021