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Frik Kirsten

Frik Kirsten is one of a number of youngsters that was included by Frans Ludeke in his Super 14 squad and with players like Rayno Gerber and Ruan Vermeulen struggling with injuries there is a big chance that big Frik will make his Super Rugby debut in 2009.

Frik, who has played for the SA under 19's as well as the SA under 20's in recent years, set aside a few minutes to speak to the Vodacom Bulls' official website.

Tell us about your schooldays

I attended Laerskool Elarduspark in Pretoria where I mostly played number 8. I was selected for the Blue Bulls' Primary Schools Craven Week team and after that I enrolled at Affies.

At Affies I continued playing at number 8, but in my under 16 year I was moved to lock and in my St 9 year I made the switch to tighthead prop.

Who prompted you to starting playing at tighthead?

My uncle Danie Coetzee always told me I must play prop and after lengthy discussions with my father, Barend, I decided to make the switch.

At that stage I was too heavy to continue playing as a loose forward and I was too short for a lock, thus it made perfect sense to make the change.

Who was your childhood hero?

Os du Randt.

Did you play Craven Week rugby in St 9?

Yes, I was selected at tighthead for the Bulls' Craven Week team in 2005 while I was in St 9 and I also represented the SA Schools "B" team in that same year.

In matric I was again selected for the Bulls' Craven Week team and I also played for the SA Schools team.

Do you prefer tighthead of loosehead?

I only play tighthead!

Who do you rate as the best props in the world?

I think Carl Hayman is currently the best tighthead around and I have a high regard for Tony Woodcock's abilities.

Who were your toughest opponents up to date?

I must admit that we struggled in the scrums against England during 2008's under 20 World Cup. We played on a very wet field and on the day they had the better of us in the scrums.

Have you played and Vodacom Cup rugby for the Blue Bulls?

I made my Vodacom Cup debut for the Blue Bulls in 2008 but due to my SA under 20 responsibilities I only played a handful of matches off the bench.

What about any Currie Cup matches?

No, I am still under 21 and played for the Blue Bulls' under 21 team in 2008.

Are you studying at the moment?

Yes, I am busy with my B.Com Accounting degree at Tukkies.

In what residence do you stay?

I'm in Mopanie.

Have you ever had the chance to play "koshuis-rugby"?

Due to my obligations to the Blue Bulls and the SA junior teams I never had the opportunity to play for Mopanie, but I am currently coaching our under 20 team.

What are you goals for 2009?

I would like to improve all the aspects of my game.

It takes quite a while for a prop to mature and therefore I would like to ensure that I become harder, stronger and tougher as the time goes by.

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