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Former South Africa international and 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams has died at age 49.
Williams played 27 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries.
The former wing was was that the only black player in the World Cup-winning team that defeated competitions New Zealand 15-12 in South Africa 24 decades ago.
“Chester has been a true pioneer in South African rugby,” stated Mark Alexanderthe president of SA Rugby.
“His performances in the World Cup in 1995, as a picture of his Springbok career, will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our rugby public.
“The information of Chester’s death is devastating and hard to trust, since he was young and seemingly in good health.”
Williams also played for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
Since retiring as a player in 2001, Williams had bouts training the Springbok Sevens group, Super Rugby’s Mothers and the Pumas in South Africa.
Alexander added:”He was enthusiastic about rugby and South Africa and as trainer, at different levels, selflessly gave back into the match after he hung up his boots. He performed with courage and was a beacon of light in his area and in the broader context.
“Chester Williams had much more to offer. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his kids, friends and family during this very sad moment.”
South Africa has lost four members of its iconic World Cup winning team.
Williams’ departure comes only two weeks after fellow winger James Small died of a heart attack aged 50.
A couple of years back Joost van der Westhuizen died after combating motor neurone disease while flanker Ruben Kruger died in 2010 from brain cancer.
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