Five must-read stories on Chester Williams: Breaking barriers to nice guy and true gent

09 September 2019 - 07:34 By Jessica Levitt
Chester Williams has been honoured for his contribution to rugby and for being an all-round nice guy.
Chester Williams has been honoured for his contribution to rugby and for being an all-round nice guy.
Image: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

The sudden death of former Springbok player Chester Williams has rocked the rugby world, as many express their heartache and loss.

Williams collapsed at his Plattekloof, Cape Town, home on Friday, after a heart attack. He had just finished a gym session. TimesLIVE reports that his wife, Maria, rushed him to hospital, but doctors could not resuscitate him.

Tributes for the Bok star have been pouring in, with many paying tribute to Williams' gentle nature, his ability to unite teams and South Africans, and his prowess on the sports field.

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Breaking boundaries and giving hope to young black players

'He loved the game of rugby dearly' - Kobus Wiese

President Cyril Ramaphosa honours Williams

Beer and rugby - Chester's last message to SA

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South Africa learnt of iconic rugby player Chester Williams’ death late on September 6 2019. Williams was the the first black rugby player to play for South Africa. He died of a suspected heart attack.

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