Chester Williams: South Africa World Cup winner dies aged 49

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Former South Africa international and 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams has died at the age of 49.
Williams played 27 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 attempts.
The prior wing has been was the only black player in the World Cup-winning group that conquered rivals New Zealand 15-12 in South Africa 24 decades back.
„Chester has been a genuine pioneer in South African rugby,“ stated Mark Alexander, the president of SA Rugby.
„His performances at the World Cup in 1995, as a picture of his Springbok livelihood, will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of the rugby public.
„The information of Chester’s death is catastrophic and hard to trust, since he was still young and apparently in good health.“
Williams also played for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
Williams had the Mothers of Super Rugby spells coaching the Springbok Sevens group and the Pumas in South Africa since retiring as a player in 2001.
Alexander added:“He was enthusiastic about rugby and South Africa and as trainer, at different levels, selflessly gave back to the game after he hung up his boots. He has been a beacon of light in his community and in the South African context and played with guts.
„Chester Williams had so much more to offer. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his children, family and friends during this very sad time.“
South Africa has now lost four members of its own iconic World Cup winning team.
Williams‘ departure comes just two months later fellow winger James Small died of a heart attack.
Two years back Joost van der Westhuizen expired after motor neurone disease while flanker Ruben Kruger expired from cancer in 2010.
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