Paul Kirsten Al Ain Amblers RFC

We have this weeks Choosday Chat with departing Amblers Back Row, Paul Kirsten


Age: 43
Born: Pretoria, South Africa
Club: Al Ain Amblers RFC
Position: Back Row
Height: 215cm
Weight: 125kg

“Meat is meat and a man must eat”

Do you have any nicknames?

None, as far as know, you should ask the rest of the Amblers squad though! I did get called “Burj Khalifa” at last years Dubai Rugby 7’s though.

Who or what inspired you to play rugby?

It was either play rugby or stay in class doing homework, so it was an easy choice for me to make.

Whats been your proudest moment playing rugby in the UAE?

Playing for the first time in nearly 15 years against the Knights with a team that barely knows you and accepts you without hesitation.

Who are the jokers at the Amblers?

That would have to be Sean Emmett of course, and “Peet The Pug“.

What do you get up to in your spare time?

The rugby club’s pool is a good alternative and sitting watching the youth rugby team practice every night of the week.

Who would be your three dream dinner guests?

I’d love to have a proper sit down with Bakkies Botha, Mark Andrews and Pierre Spies. They’re three of the best enforcers.

If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be?

That would have to be Sean Grimly, I’d also like to know how it feels to be short and enjoy short jokes!

What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?

To balance my work-life and my family life and to be able to set a good example for my two sons.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

I’m pretty good at solving Analytical puzzles.

Who has the worst Dress sense in the club?

Rob never wearing shoes.

What are the best things about being part of the Amblers?

The Al Ain Amblers become your family away from home, they support and encourage you while making fun of you, just like family can.

What’s been your fondest moment playing rugby in the UAE?

Playing in the Dubai 7s will always been a great memory for me.

Who would be your Mr. Men character and why?

Before my time, I really don’t know them at all but I’d have to go with Mr. Tall as I’m over seven foot tall.

What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?

I’d have to Braai it. Meat is meat and a man must eat!