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South Africa Rugby World Cup winner dies in a automobile accident, aged 58, after a ‘collision with a taxi’ in his homeland


  • Former South Africa Rugby star Hannes Strydom has handed away aged 58 
  • Strydom was concerned in a automobile crash with taxi stated to have collided together with his automobile 

Former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom has died aged 58 after being concerned in a automobile accident. 

Strydom – who was a part of the Springboks’ 1995 Rugby World Cup profitable facet – was stated to have been concerned in a collision with a taxi in his homeland within the province of Mpumalanga – to the north east of Johannesburg – on Sunday night.

He picked up 21 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 1997 and performed all of his membership profession in his native South Africa.

The Springboks paid tribute to Strydom on social media as president Mark Alexander hailed him for being ‘a hero’ of South African rugby.

‘Hannes was one of many nice locks of his technology and as a member of the Springbok squad from 1995, one of many heroes of our native sport,’ he stated.

Former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom has died aged 58 after a car accident

Former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom has died aged 58 after a automobile accident

Strydom made 21 appearances for the Springboks

He was part of their 1995 World Cup-winning side

Strydom made 21 appearances for the Springboks and was a part of their 1995 World Cup-winning facet

‘He additionally performed greater than 100 video games for the Lions at a time after they dominated the sport in South Africa and received the Tremendous 10 earlier than it turned Tremendous Rugby, which underlined the standard of that crew.

‘Hannes, together with different gamers from that Lions crew, similar to Francois Pienaar, Balie Swart, Kobus Wiese, and Hennie le Roux, fashioned the core of the well-known Bok squad that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in South Africa in 1995.

‘He was a hard-working lock who by no means shied away from getting caught in and doing the soiled work. 

‘To lose yet one more member of the enduring Bok squad from 1995 is a heavy blow to the rugby fraternity right here in South Africa and our ideas and condolences are together with his spouse, Nikolie, their kids, Annalie, Hannes and Lucy, household and pals on this very troublesome time.’

His former membership Lions additionally paid tribute to him – with CEO and former team-mate Rudolf Straeuli recalling their ‘tight bond’.

Strydom - pictured with his wife in 2010 - is said to have been involved in a collision with a taxi

Strydom – pictured together with his spouse in 2010 – is claimed to have been concerned in a collision with a taxi

HANNES STRYDOM

Born: 13 July 1965, Welkom, Free State, South Africa

Died: 19 November 2023, Mpumalanga

Place: Lock 

Golf equipment: Jap Province, Northern Transvaal, Golden Lions

South Africa caps: 21 

Honours: Rugby World Cup 1995 

‘We’re deeply saddened by the information of the passing of Hannes,’ stated Rudolf Straeuli, Lions Rugby Firm CEO and former teammate. ‘We share a good bond as members of the 1995 group and to lose yet one more one in all our brothers is a giant blow.

‘Our honest condolences exit to his household, pals and the rugby fraternity at massive.’

Strydom was put into intensive care in 2014 after being attacked by six individuals in an tried carjacking. 

He fought off the assailants however was left with cuts to his head and a fractured cranium and jaw after they threw bricks by way of his window. 

Strydom is the fifth participant of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup profitable crew to have died – after Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen, Chester Williams and James Small. 

The coach of the crew – Kitch Christie – died a yr after they received the trophy. 

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