Springbok legend Chester Williams dies, aged 49

Springbok legend Chester Williams dies, aged 49

Former Springbok wing and rugby legend Chester Williams has died.

Chester Williams

Williams passed away on Friday of an apparent heart attack.

The 49-year-old was part of the famous 1995 Rugby World Cup that won the William Webb Ellis trophy for the first time in South Africa.

His death comes just weeks after James Small, the other South African starting wing in the final, died.

Williams’ is now the fourth player from the 1995 World Cup winning team to have died – including Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen and Small. Coach Kitch Christie died in 1998.

Williams was the only non-white player in the 1995 World Cup squad as has been credited by many as being a pioneer of the game in terms of opening the doors to other non-white players to perform at the highest level in the green and gold.

Former South African wing, Breyton Paulse said the country has lost an icon.

Former Springbok loose forward, Thando Manana sent his condolences to the Williams family.

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