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Chester Williams: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Springbok legend

Chester Williams was one of the key players for South Africa when they overcame the odds to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Here, shares with you 10 not so well known facts about the late, great Springbok legend.

1. Hat-trick hero 

Williams is best remembered for his role in the Springbok’s iconic 1995 Rugby World Cup win over New Zealand in South Africa. In the group stages of the tournament, South Africa lost winger Pieter Hendricks to suspension. That resulted in Williams getting a start in the quarter-finals against Western Samoa in Ellis Park. The game saw Williams score four tries, becoming the first South African to score a hat-trick at the World Cup.

2. Launched his own beer

Williams’ tragic passing comes less than a week after he had launched his own beer range, including Chester’s Lager and Chester’s IPA. Sport 24 reports that Williams’ beer will be the only South African beer for sale at the World Cup in Japan and has already been shipped out there ahead of the 2019 tournament.

3. Invictus

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, portrayed by McNeil Hendricks, including his face on the side of an SAA aeroplane.