Chester Williams: An icon who ‘paved the way’


Chester Williams: An icon who ‘paved the way’

He was the only black member of SA's 1995 World Cup winners, and went on to win 27 caps for his country

Telegraph Obituary

Chester Williams, whose memorial was held in Cape Town on Wednesday, following his death from a heart attack at the age of 49, was the only non-white player in the SA squad that won a historic victory over New Zealand in the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

In emotional scenes at Ellis Park in Johannesburg that were watched around the world, President Nelson Mandela, sporting a Springbok cap and jersey, presented the Webb Ellis trophy to his fellow countrymen.

It was SA’s first appearance at a Rugby World Cup, having been banned from the two previous tournaments because of apartheid. Williams, who had first appeared for the Springboks in 1993, withdrew from the original squad because of injury. But he was recalled for the quarterfinal when Pieter Hendriks, who had taken his place on the wing, was suspended for taking part in a brawl in a game against Canada...

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