Chester Williams Biography
Chester Mornay Williams was a South African rugby union rugby player. He played as a winger for the Springboks from 1993 to 2000. Williams also played rugby for the Western Province in the Currie Cup.
RIP Chester Williams. Very shocking and sad news for South Africa. Thank you for your amazing contribution to building unity in our nation and the sport of rugby. Your place in history is assured. ?????????#ChesterWilliams pic.twitter.com/rORaJAbhzB
— Simon Grindrod (@SimonPGrindrod) September 6, 2019
Taking on an entirely new challenge in 2010, Williams completed the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, joining several former Springbok Rugby players who have also taken on the rugged challenge of the Untamed African MTB Race. He died from a heart attack on 6 September 2019.
Chester Williams Age
He was 49 years old.
Maria Williams known as Maria Robson is the wife of late Chester Williams aka Chester Mornay Williams
Chester Williams Children
Maria and Chester share three children, Ryan, Matthew, and Chloe, SA Rugby said.
Chester Williams Playing Career
Chester Williams. You did so much for the sport of rugby in South Africa, from the grassroots to the top you’ve been an exemplary role model of the game. Thank you for your humility and patience with all those you encountered. Rest In Peace.?? pic.twitter.com/loZgqECPof
— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) September 6, 2019
Williams is best known as the star winger of the South Africa national Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup against New Zealand and was nicknamed “The Black Pearl”. Williams was selected in the initial squad but had to withdraw due to injury. He was later called back into the squad and first played in the quarter-final, scoring 4 tries.
Clint Eastwood directed Invictus, which is about the 1995 Rugby World Cup and how it helped South Africa heal after years of apartheid. It features many scenes involving Chester, including his face on the side of an SAA airplane and several scenes showing how black children in South Africa idolized him. Chester Williams is listed as one of the film’s Rugby Coaches in the end credits. He is portrayed by McNeil Hendricks in the film.
Chester Williams Springboks Player
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) September 6, 2019
He was the first non-white player to be included in the Springboks squad since Errol Tobias and his uncle Avril Williams in the early 1980s. The selection of non-white players was not common in South Africa before 1992 because of the country’s policy of apartheid.
He made his debut for the Springboks at the age of 23 against Argentina on 13 November 1993 in Buenos Aires, a game that the Springboks went on to win 52–23 and in which he also scored a try. Williams was on the Springboks team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, notably scoring four tries against Western Samoa in the quarter-finals. His Boks career, hampered by knee injuries in 1996 and 1997, ended with a 23–13 win against Wales on 26 November 2000 in Cardiff. In total he played 27 games for the Springboks, scoring 14 tries. His honors included a Currie Cup win in 1999, with the Golden Lions, formally Transvaal Rugby Union, a Tri-Nations title in 1998 albeit he only made two short appearances as a substitute and the World Cup win in 1995.
Chester Williams Bio
Everyone at England Rugby is saddened to hear of the passing of Rugby World Cup winner Chester Williams.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/DWJW0A1mM1
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 6, 2019
In 2002 Williams released his controversial authorised biography, simply titled “Chester”, in which he claimed that he was shunned by some of his teammates in the 1995 Springbok squad and was called racist names by James Small, though he later clarified, “When we were together as a team, the team spirit was good. We partied together, we had fun together, we stuck by one another. Those other things happened while we were playing against one another in the Currie Cup or domestic competitions. But that’s in the past now. We have all moved on and everybody’s happy.”
Chester Williams Coaching career
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) September 6, 2019
In 2001 Williams was selected as the coach of the South African sevens team that won bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and ended runners up in the World Sevens Series. He remained sevens coach until 2003.
Despite having almost no experience at coaching the fifteen-man code at any senior level, Williams was mentioned as one of the possible successors to Springbok coach Rudolf Straeuli after he resigned in 2003, but when the job was given to Jake White in 2004 he became coach of the Cats Super 12 team instead. He remained coach until July 2005 when he was fired after a series of extremely poor results, when the Cats finished next-to-last in the 2005 super 12, achieving only one victory. However, in 2006, he was brought back into the South African coaching ranks as the head coach of the national “A” side (a developmental side for the Boks).
He was named as the new coach of the Pumas, the team representing Mpumalanga in the Currie Cup, on 7 September 2006. He signed a two-year deal with the team, effective 1 October 2006, but resigned as coach in mid-2007.
He was one of the four named candidates to replace Jake White as Springbok coach. On 9 January 2008, Peter de Villiers was appointed as the next coach.
Williams lastly served as head coach of the University of the Western Cape in Varsity Rugby. Under his leadership, UWC won the 2017 Varsity Shield competition.
He was also one of the few South Africans invited to carry the Olympic torch in 2004 on its way to Athens.
Chester Williams Height
Williams is 1.74 meters (5 feet 9 inches) tall
Chester Williams Weights
with a playing weight of 84 kilograms (185 lb).
Chester Williams Death, Chester Williams Cause of Death
The World Cup-winning South Africa wing Chester Williams has died from a heart attack at the age of 49, South Africa Rugby has announced. Williams was the only black player in the Springboks squad as they claimed the world title in 1995. He scored four tries against Western Samoa in the quarter-finals before tasting glory in the final win over New Zealand.
The face of the 1995 World Cup.
A role model for a new South Africa. A humble man who always had time for reporters and a quick sound bite.
We will miss you, Sir.
RIP #ChesterWilliams @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/tyoVf6U0GY
— Graeme Raubenheimer (@GraemeRauby) September 6, 2019
Moreover, his death comes after just two months after a fellow member of the 1995 South African team James Small passed away from a heart attack. Williams was part of Springbok 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning squad and played 27 Tests between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries in that time.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams died age 49 on Friday
- Local media reported that the former winger died of a suspected heart attack
- Williams was one of the first black players to go on and represent South Africa
- His death comes two months after James Small also suffered a heart attack