Chester Williams

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Chester Williams

Former South African rugby union rugby player add

Category: Rugby

Born in 1970.

Countries: South Africa (53%), United States (12%), United Kingdom (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Harvard Musical Association, James Small (rugby player), Errol Tobias

Linked to: Golden Lions, Western Province, Pumas, Super Rugby

 

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Chester Williams was born in 1970 add something


1980

He was the first non-white player to be included in the Springboks squad since Errol Tobias and his uncle Avril Williams in the early 1980s add something


1992

The selection of non-white players was not common in South Africa before 1992 because of the country's policy of apartheid add something


1993

He played as a winger for the Springboks from 1993 to 2000 add something

 

He made his debut for the Springboks at the age of 23 against Argentina on the 13th of November 1993 in Buenos Aires , a game that the Springboks went on to win 52-23 and in which he scored a try add something


1995

Clint Eastwood directed "Invictus", which is about the 1995 Rugby World Cup and how it helped South Africa heal after years of apartheid add something

 

Williams is best known as the star winger of the South Africa national Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup against New Zealand and was nicknamed "The Black Pearl" add something


1996

His Boks career, hampered by knee injuries in 1996 and 1997, ended with a 23-13 win against Wales on the 26th of November 2000 in Cardiff add something


1999

His honours included a Currie Cup win in 1999, with the Golden Lions, formally Transvaal Rugby Union, a Tri-Nations title in 1998 albeit he only made two short appearances as substitute and the World Cup win in 1995 add something


2002

In 2002 Williams released his controversial authorized biography, simply titled "Chester", in which he claimed that he was shunned by some of his team mates in the 1995 Springbok squad and was called racist names by James Small, though he later clarified, "When we were together as a team, the team-spirit was good add something


2003

Despite having almost no experience at coaching the fifteen-man code at any senior level, Williams was mentioned as one of the possible successors to Springbok coach Rudolph Straeuli after he resigned in 2003, but when the job was given to Jake White in 2004 he became coach of the Cats Super 12 team instead add something


2004

He was one of the few South Africans invited to carry the Olympic torch in 2004 on its way to Athens add something


2005

He remained coach until July 2005 when he was fired after a series of extremely poor results, when the Cats finished next-to-last in the 2005 super 12, achieving only one victory add something


2006

However, in 2006, he was brought back into the South African coaching ranks as the head coach of the national "A" side add something

 

He was named as the new coach of the Pumas, the team representing Mpumalanga in the Currie Cup, on 7 September 2006 add something

 

He signed a two-year deal with the team, effective 1 October 2006, but resigned as coach in mid-2007 add something


2008

On 9 January 2008, Peter de Villiers was appointed as the next coach add something


2010

Taking on an entirely new challenge in 2010, Williams completed the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, joining several former Springbok Rugby players who have taken on the rugged challenge of the Untamed African MTB Race add something


2017

Under his leadership UWC won the 2017 Varsity Shield competition add something