Back-row forward, Cornell du Preez signed for Edinburgh Rugby early in the 2013/14 season from Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings.
The former Springbok Academy starlet is equally at home either on the flank or at number eight, and arrived after an impressive debut Super Rugby season.
His move to BT Murrayfield secured a reunion with Edinburgh Rugby head coach, Alan Solomons, who brought Du Preez to the Kings after the 2011 Junior World Championships, in his previous incarnation as director of rugby at the South African franchise.
Born and schooled in Port Elizabeth, Du Preez went to North West University in Potchefstroom, where he played in the Varsity Cup for NWU-Pukke and the Leopards in the under-19 and under-21 Currie Cup.
With nine tries in 19 provincial appearances to his name, Du Preez leapfrogged the domestic Premier Division into the Super Rugby set-up, where he added a further five scores in 16 Super Rugby outings in his first year.
Hailed as the ‘complete package’, Du Preez is very strong physically, is an exceptionally good carrier and powerful in defence.
The dynamic back-rower has shown all of those attributes since his arrival in the capital, earning rave reviews for his performances in the wins over Leinster, Gloucester and Perpignan last season and earning man of the match medals for his performances in the first two games of the Guinness PRO12, and he will continue to contrubute greatly to the success of the Capital Club.
A serious lower leg injury during the sixth match of 2014/15 against Dragons was expected to end his season however he was able to make a welcome return, off the bench, against the Dragons, in the April 2015 European Cup semi final win at BT Murrayfield.
A man of the match performance in the November 2015 loss to Munster was followed by a brace of tries and another man of the match award in the home win over Grenoble, the following week.