Toyota Cheetahs player Abongile Nonkontwana on Tuesday paid tribute to Chester Williams – the former Springbok wing who died last Friday.
Williams was part of the Springboks 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad.
Nonkontwana, a versatile loose-forward who is equally comfortable on the side or the back of the scrum, has thanked Williams for the good work he has done for the nation especially the path he has created for black players.
A memorial service will be held at the University of the Western Cape tomorrow for the former Springbok wing. Williams died of a suspected heart attack on Friday at the age of 49.
He was the head coach of University of Western Cape. A tribute will also be held at the Boland Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Williams is survived by his wife and three children.
On Saturday, his funeral will take place at the Newlands Rugby Stadium, the home of Western Province Rugby Union.
The world of rugby mourns the passing of @Springboks great Chester Williams. A true legend on and off the pitch! pic.twitter.com/c6nXHNcp2y
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) September 6, 2019
We are saddened to hear about the passing of @Springboks great Chester Williams. Chester was an iconic figure in world rugby, a fierce rival of the All Blacks on the field and a friend off it. You will be missed. Rest in love, Chester. pic.twitter.com/I1OTHvKiRI
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 6, 2019
We would like to extend our condolences to the loss of former Springbok legend Chester Williams. He was 49. South Africa has lost another great giant. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPChester pic.twitter.com/JDUkphFL9p
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) September 6, 2019
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