Sad news:Former Rugby World Cup winner dies in car accident

Hansen Strydom, a former Springboks rugby world cup winner, passed away in an automobile accident on Sunday, according to sources.

Strydom was 58.

Strydom is the fifth player from the 1995 team to have died, after Ruben Kruger, Joost van Der Westhuizen, James Small and Chester Williams all passed on.

The powerfully built Strydom played 21 times for the Springboks between 1993 and 1997, as he was a vital member in the engine room of the first successful Springbok team post Apartheid.

On July 3, 1993, at Ellis Park, Strydom made his debut for the Springboks at the age of 27 against France. Later that year, after he cemented his spot in the squad, he would play for the Springboks during their tours of Australia and Argentina. He played in the British Lions series before calling it quits on his Springbok career in 1997.

He was a member of the Transvaal/Golden Lions provincial team from 1993 to 2000, winning 115 caps during that productive time for the Johannesburg team.

Less than a month has passed since the Siya Kolisi-led Springboks successfully defended their Rugby World Cup title, increasing their record to four international championships, when word of Strydom’s passing broke.




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