Chester Williams: South Africa World Cup winner dies aged 49Cat:未分類
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Former South Africa 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams and international has died at age 49.
Williams played 27 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries.
The former wing has been was the only black player in the World Cup-winning team that conquered opponents New Zealand 15-12 in South Africa 24 years ago.
“Chester was a real pioneer in African American rugby,” said Mark Alexanderthe president of SA Rugby.
“His performances at the World Cup in 1995, as a photo of his Springbok livelihood, will forever be etched into the hearts and minds of our public.
“The news of Chester’s departure is devastating and hard to believe, as he was young and seemingly in good health.”
Williams played domestically for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
Williams had the Cats of Super Rugby training the Springbok Sevens group as well as the Pumas at South Africa since retiring as a player in 2001.
Alexander added:”He was enthusiastic about rugby and South Africa and as coach, at different levels, selflessly gave back into the game after he hung up his boots. He played with guts and has been a beacon of light in his community and in the broader context.
“Chester Williams had much more to offer. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his kids, family and friends during this very sad moment.”
South Africa has lost four members of its iconic World Cup winning team.
Williams’ death comes only two weeks later winger James Small died of a heart attack aged 50.
Whilst flanker Ruben Kruger expired from brain cancer in 2010, two years ago scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen expired after motor neurone disease.
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