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Former South Africa 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams and international has died at the age of 49.
Williams played 27 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 attempts.
The former wing was was the only black player in the World Cup-winning group that conquered opponents New Zealand 15-12 in South Africa 24 years back.
"Chester has been a genuine pioneer in African American rugby," said Mark Alexander, the president of SA Rugby.
"His performances in the World Cup in 1995, as a picture of his Springbok career, will forever be etched into the hearts and minds of the rugby public.
"The news of Chester's departure is catastrophic and hard to believe, as he was still young and seemingly in good health."
Williams played domestically for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
Since retiring as a player in 2001, Williams had bouts training the Springbok Sevens staff, Super Rugby's Cats and the Pumas in South Africa.
Alexander added:"He was enthusiastic about rugby and South Africa and as trainer, at different levels, selflessly gave back into the game after he wrapped up his boots. He has been a beacon of light into the wider context and in his community and performed with guts.
"Chester Williams had so much more to provide. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his kids, friends and family during this very sad time."
South Africa has lost four members of its own iconic World Cup team.
Williams' death comes just two months later fellow winger James Small died of a heart attack.
Whilst flanker Ruben Kruger died from brain cancer in 2010 A couple of years ago scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen expired after motor neurone disease.
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