KUMAGAYA – A shocked Springbok squad awoke to the news of the passing of Chester Williams, the 1995 Rugby World Cup winner on Saturday, as they continued their own World Cup journey in Japan.
“This was horrible news to wake up to this morning,” said Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby. “There was a very sombre mood in the breakfast room, it is unbelievable news.”
Williams died from a heart attack in Cape Town on Friday. He was 49.
“I played with Chester and many of our management knew him well and we are all in shock this morning. Many of our players were too young to remember the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, but they have grown up watching highlights of the final and Chester and know him as a rugby player who became an icon for our country."