Educated at Afrikaans High, the tighthead prop played junior provincial rugby for the Bulls until U18 level. Making the South African Schools team in 2011, the prop was then picked up by the Cheetahs and Free State University in 2012.
Strong performances in 2013 earned de Bruin a call up to the IRB Junior World Championship and a Currie Cup debut in the same year.
De Bruin was included on the reserve bench for the Cheetahs' second-last match of the 2014 Super Rugby season against the Sharks in Bloemfontein.
In July 2014, De Bruin signed a new contract with the Cheetahs until the end of 2016.
|Free State Cheetahs
|2014 - present|
|South Africa U20's
|2013 - 2014|