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Spotlight - Justin Van Winkel

Name: Justin  van Winkel


Nickname: Van


Age: 33


Family background/ recognition:

I've lived in Cape Town my entire life. I met my wife in 1999 and we have been married since 2008.


Position: flank


Favourite position: flank


Least favourite: none


Favourite Club Rugby Player:

 It used to be Vlam van Vuuren until he softened up. I now enjoy all the ball carriers in our team. They are special!



Wynberg Boys' High School


Clubs played for:

UCT and False Bay

Highest honours:

False Bay First Team


Other interests outside of rugby:

Surfing, diving, running, economics and reading



Favourite music:

Live, Mumford, Lumineers, Kings of Leon

Favourite Movie:

anything with Will Ferrel

Favourite Food:



Inspirational people:

Jesus, Francis Chan, Richie Mccaw



Rugby philosophy:

Train at the front


Life philosophy:

Keep it tidy.



Rugby goals:

I want to perform each week to help our team win the Super League and the Gold Cup.



What do you like about False Bay?

The people involved at the Bay are real. My wife and parents have also always felt welcome.



Why the Bay?

We have very good coaches, immense player depth, a committed committee and sincere friends who I will still be in contact with in 30 years time.


What attracted you to the Bay and what keeps you here?

The late Darryl Simm and Mike Punt were instrumental. Darryl was a sincere person and I looked forward to playing for him - it never happened due to his tragic untimely passing. I still wear his FB blazer with immense pride. That was 11 years ago and I'm still happy and enjoying the club.


Best Bay rugby moment?

Winning the super B league in 2009. Beating Maties and Hamiltons in our first year back in the A league. 

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