South African back-row Ruan Steenkamp joined the club from Super Rugby side The Bulls on short-term deal ahead of the 2019 season.

Born in Krugersdorp, SA, Steenkamp came through the ranks at Johannesburg-based side Golden Lions where he represented them at the U18 Craven Week– the premier high school rugby union competition in South Africa – in both 2010 and 2011.

After graduating from Monument High School, the back-row joined the Blue Bulls prior to the 2012 season where he captained their U19 side in the Provincial Championship.

Steenkamp was named South African U20 captain ahead of the 2013 World Rugby U20 Championship in France – a tournament in which the back-row led the Junior Boks to a third-place finish.

The back-row made his Currie Cup debut for the Blue Bulls in September 2015 as the then-22-year-old came off the bench in the 17-13 victory over the Sharks in Durban.

Steenkamp made his Bulls’ Super Rugby debut against the Stormers in February 2017 – a match in which he featured alongside current Edinburgh teammate, Pierre Schoeman – and would go on to make 21 appearances for the Pretoria-based club in two full seasons at Loftus Versfeld.

Date of birth: 2 February 1993

Height: 1.83m

Edinburgh Debut: 2019

Place of birth: Krugersdorp, SA

Weight: 100kg

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