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Video: Monre de Ridder Interview and Highlights

Hi Monre, lets start off with your earliest rugby memory. How did it all start?

Well i started playing rugby at a really young age from grade R but things got more fun at grade 7 and I started taking things seriously.

Give us an overview of your career, what teams you played for?

From grade 8 i represented paarl boys high A team till grade 10 then i moved schools to Oakdale where I played first team from grade 11 i also played EP u13 7s and 15s and also played u17 swd 7s

What is your favourite high school rugby moment so far?

Grade 9 when i converted the last kick to draw against Grey Bloem when i was in paarl boys high

Big things were expected of Oakdale this year, obviously the lock down affected the season. What were the teams and your goals at the start of the season?

Well we obviously look forward to played against Grey Bloem and Paarl Gimnasium and definitely our interschools against Boland landbou. My first goal obviously was to achieve craven week and then take things foward from there on.

Which is the toughest school you have played against?

Grey Bloem

And the toughest opponent?

Pascal Ekeji from Grey Bloem

What are your plans for next year? And please give us an idea of your long term goals.

I’m still deciding but so far im taking a gap year next year to play some rugby one of my biggest goals is actually to play provincial rugby in the future

Next years Oakdale teams some feel will be the best in a generation. What are your thoughts?

I think the team of 2020 would have made history but unfortunately we didn’t got the chance and the teams should watch out for the first team of oakdale in 2021 because they’ve got alot of talent and will be working hard for sure

Which players from Oakdale do you think we should be keeping an eye on for next year?

Neil le roux, Paul De Villiers, Phillip kleynhans, dian heunis, morne els and matthew Golden

Who has been the biggest influence on your rugby career so far?

Richie Mounga

FIRE ROUND

My last ever meal would be: Debonairs Pizza

If I could meet one person it would be: Sonny Bill Williams

My favorite music is: Rap

If I wasn’t pursuing a career in rugby I would be: Sports Science

A position I would never want to play: Wing

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