He came from Greytown, Natal, and played for Stellenbosch and in the 1903 Springbok team against the British Isles.
Mr Markotter told me he should have been in the 1906/7 touring side as well and he could never understand how P. O. was ever overlooked for that team. If he had gone on that tour, he would have become one of South Africa's all-time rugby legends, Mr Mark assured me.
Nel was a Stellenbosch captain and from here went to the Transvaal. Unhappily, being a mining engineer, he developed miner's phthisis, a dreaded disease in those days.
A likeable person and it is important when one can say that of someone; that he is a likeable man. A man who was of the world but not part of the world. That was P. O. Nel, a stalwart if ever there was one.