Scotland project player Cornell du Preez signs new deal

Cornell Du Preez has committed to two more seasons with Edinburgh.  Picture: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
Cornell Du Preez has committed to two more seasons with Edinburgh. Picture: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
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Scotland project player Cornell du Preez has signed up with Edinburgh for another two seasons.

The South Africa-born back-rower, who is eligible to play for Scotland on the residency rule just ahead of the autumn internationals, joined the capital side from the Southern Kings in October 2013.

The former Springbok Under-20 player said: “I’m very pleased to be staying. The squad karma is really good and the club is moving forward.

“I enjoy working with [Edinburgh coach] Alan {Solomons] and it’s good that he’s staying on, I know what he expects from me.”

Du Preez has recovered from a serious leg injury which kept him out of most of last season to be almost an ever-present this term, impressing with his powerful ball carrying and solid defence.

Solomons said: “I am delighted that Cornell has committed to Edinburgh Rugby.

“He is a class player who has proved invaluable for us. He is also a great bloke and a good team man and I look forward to us continuing to work together.”

Hooker Neil Cochrane has also extended his contract by another two seasons. The former Scotland under-21 captain signed to Edinburgh two seasons ago from London Wasps, after a nine-year exile south of the border. Prior to his time with the Premiership club he spent eight years in the Championship.

An ex-pupil of capital high school Boroughmuir, Neil made a positional switch from back-row to hooker mid career.

Solomons said: “Neil has made a terrific contribution to the team since returning home from Wasps.

“He is an Edinburgh man through and through and the club means a great deal to him.”

Edinburgh return to Guinness Pro12 action against Cardiff in the Welsh capital this evening, with 11 changes to the side that lost in Grenoble last weekend.

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