New Edinburgh Rugby signing Cornell Du Preez expects to have family support back home in his native South Africa even if his ambition to play internationally for Scotland takes him up against the Springboks.
On September 20 the Evening News revealed that flanker Du Preez had been sold the idea of representing Scotland under the three-year residency rule having seen his South African aspirations stall, so far, at under-20 level.
In his first interviews since arriving at Edinburgh Du Preez said: “I never really thought about playing for Scotland but when (coaches) Alan (Solomons) and Omar (Mouneimne) told me about the opportunity obviously it got stuck in my mind a bit. I really want to play international rugby and I really want to contribute to Scotland if I get the chance.”
Cornell’s father played provincial rugby for the Easter Province team.
Asked about how Du Preez, snr, would feel were his son ever to run out against the Springboks, Cornell said: “I spoke to my father about moving to Scotland and he backed me. He said it’s my decision. If I were to play against the Springboks he will back me.”
• Edinburgh Rugby have increased the amount of foreign influence at the team by bringing in Philippe Doussy from head coach Alan Solomons’ former charges, Southern Kings of South Africa.
Doussy, a 42-year-old Frenchman, has been appointed a “skills coach” with responsibility for kicking.