CAPE TOWN – There will be a minute's silence held before all rugby games in the Western Cape this weekend as the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) pays tribute to Springbok and DHL Western Province legend Chester Williams, who sadly passed away on Friday.
Williams suffered a heart attack at the age of 49 and is survived by his wife, Maria, and three children, Ryan and twins, Matthew and Chloe. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made and will be communicated in due course.
The mercurial wing earned 63 caps for DHL Western Province between 1991 and 1998, putting in countless memorable performances in the blue and white hooped No 11 jersey.
Williams made his Springbok debut against Argentina in 1993 and played 27 Tests for South Africa until his last Test, against Wales in 2000, scoring 14 Test tries in the process. In total, he played 47 matches in the green and gold and scored 27 tries.
In 1995, he was a member of the initial Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup, but had to withdraw due to injury shortly before the tournament started. He was later recalled and scored four tries in the quarterfinal against Samoa.