S.A. Rugby legend Chester Williams dies

“Not you too Chester!” Namibians and South Africans woke to the extremely sad news on Saturday morning of the death of rugby star Chester Williams. Williams suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 49, only months after the death of one of his 1995 team mates, James Small, on 10 July.

The words spoken above was that of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa when he was informed of the death of Williams
Williams is the fifth member to die of the famous “Class of 95”, the South African Springbok rugby team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The first to die was the coach of the 1995 bok team, Kitch Christie in 1998. In 2010 bok Ruben Kruger died of brain cancer and in 2017 Joost van der Westhuizen died of a motor neuron disease. This year it was the passing of Small and Williams that shook Southern Africa’s rugby fraternity.
A moment of silence was held on Saturday at the stadium of the Walvis Bay Private High School where Namibia’s rugby world cup team played the Southern Kings in a pre-warm-up world cup match.
On the picture above from the Namib Times archives: Chester Williams (right) during a visit to Walvis Bay in March during a legends evening at the 6th Buco Desert Sport Festival that was hosted at the Walvis Bay Private High School. Williams is seen here with Stefan Terblanche (left) and centre Dr Rudi van Vuuren (Namibian rugby legend).

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