Thank you for making the little boys believe, Chester


Thank you for making the little boys believe, Chester

There have been many more hat-tricks after Chester’s four against Western Samoa in 1995, but first is best


Rugby only really hit my imagination in 1995 and it was because of two left wings. One was New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu and the other was our own Chester Williams.

Chester, for some or other reason, was confusing in that he was black but had a white name. How? Why? For someone who was about to turn seven that year, it was confusing. How did a person who shared the same skin colour as you happen to have a white name and surname?

In preschool and primary school, black kids had black names, but a seven-year-old at the time wasn’t able to distinguish the different racial demographics among black people. Chester was black and that’s all that mattered. He was a black person who was not only playing for the Springboks, but scoring tries and helping them win the World Cup...

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