Cornell du Preez has given an alarming update after having surgery on a throat injury.


The Scotland international backrow picked up the knock while playing for Worcester against Wasps in round one the Premiership when he collided with England international second row Joe Launchbury.

The South Africa-born player has revealed he’ll be unable to speak for four weeks. He took to Instagram to give an update: “On the 1st of September i fractured my cricoid(adams apple). I also damaged my voicebox so i wont be able to speak at all for the next 4 or so weeks. I will be in hospital until then. We really want to thank @worcswarriors , friends and family from all over the world for the unbelievable support that have been received. Its been overwhelming. I will get back to replying to messages over the next few days. Thanks”

In a statement Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “Cornell is making good progress and is receiving the best treatment in hospital. Everyone at the Club sends him their best wishes and we will continue to support him at this difficult time. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

The unfortunate incident happened just five minutes into Du Preez’ debut for the Warriors, having joined from PRO14 club Edinburgh in the summer to link up with his former boss Solomans, replacing David Denton who moved to Leicester Tigers.

The 6’4, 109kg backrow has made six appearances for Scotland, with his most recent in this season’s NatWest 6 Nations against Wales.


He made the move to Edinburgh Rugby in 2013 where he has made more than 100 appearances, scoring 13 tries, and also helped the Scottish side to the European Challenge Cup final in 2015 and also the quarter-finals of the competition last season.

Du Preez previously played for Eastern Province Kings in South Africa where he made 23 appearances and crossed for 11 tries, as well as playing 16 times for the Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Born in Port Elizabeth, Du Preez also represented the South Africa Under 20s side in 2011.

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