Rugby Legend, Chester Williams, Has Died

The 1995 World Cup winning Springbok, Chester Williams, has passed away on Friday at the age of 49.

It has been reported that despite seeming fine during the day, he suffered a sudden heart attack near to the early hours of the evening.

As the first person of colour to have played for the Springboks during the ’90s, he is best known for being part of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup against New Zealand.

Despite initially having withdrawn due to reported injury, the star winger was called back for the quarter-final, where he scored 4 tries.

He began his Springbok career at the age of 23, making his debut against Argentina in 1993, scoring a try and helping the team to a 52–23 win.

In addition to his World Cup win, he played 27 games for the Springboks, scoring 14 tries; and he was also part of the teams that won a Tri-Nations and a Currie Cup title.

More recently, he was the Head Coach for the University of the Western Cape, where he secured the 2017 Varsity Shield.

He also coached SA’s Sevens Team where he secured a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and pushed the team to the runners up position at the World Sevens Series.

Other notable activities include carrying the Olympic torch in 2004 and being listed as one of the Rugby Coaches for the Clint Eastwood directed film, Invictus.


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