She said this to a packed hall with some of the 1995 World Cup team, including captain Francois Pienaar and several other great rugby players who came to pay their last respects to the rugby icon, who died on Friday of a heart attack aged 49.
She singled out UWC director of sport Mandla Gagayi for giving “Chessie” that opportunity and said the family would always be indebted to the UWC.
“MandIa, I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts what you did for Chester four years ago. You allowed Chester to restart his career in South Africa. All his life he had to fight to get a position in South Africa.
”It is such a sad reality, but Mandla you kindly opened the door for him and you allowed him to spend the last years of his life with us. The most important when his children needed him more than anything. We all salute you for that.”