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Spotlight - Rudi van Harte

Name:    Riedwaan van Harte


Nickname:    Rudie


Age:    50



Fairmount High


Clubs played for:

Started at in False Bay 1987 at 19yrs old



Scrumhalf, wing, fullback

Roles in club:

Gate keeper, Club and Facility Manager 2009-2011, Currently Managing the Mighty 6th Baybarians


Rugby philosophy:

Never trust the bounce of a rugby ball


Life philosophy:

If you do something, do it right the first time :Mike Punt


Rugby highlight:

Running onto the field as reserve against WP Defence at Silvermine playing alongside the late Wayne Oakes and the late Kurt Botha (under19) and beating Defence 8-3


Favourite club:

False Bay rain, wind, storm, sunshine Bay-4-life


Favourite players:

So many to mention: Fundile “Frank” Charlie; Justin "Brutal" van Winkel; Graham “Rosy-cheeks” Knoop


Favourite coach:

Again too many good coaches over the years but have to mention A.J McCleod for giving me the opportunity at False Bay


How do you chill?

Never have time to chill, always restless


What are your aspirations for the Bay?

Witness the Bay lift the SLA trophy for all their hard work they have put in over the years with the help of the committee, coaches, players, supporters and media.


What is it about the Bay that inspires you?

The Bay has been a part of my life for about 30 years now and I have seen players, coaches and committee members come and go and end up back at the Bay. Many years ago I promised myself I didn’t want to be a yo-yo and subsequently made the Bay my second home.


Who at FB inspires you?

The person  that inpires me most is our ex-groundman/ex-player/Life Member Inus Bokwe. A man every club member respected on and off the field. I would like to mention the origin of our motto “Up The Bay”. We had a homeless guy in the 80s & 90s who used to sleep in the grounds (and who I fed). Andrew used to amble across from the Spar just as the First XV kicked off and march up and down the sideline shouting “Up The Bay” and that dear folks is the origin of UTB.


What do you do to relax or interests outside of rugby?

Cooking and baking. Yes....

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