Sad news for the rugby community in South Africa as former Springbok lock Hannes Strydom passed away in a car accident on Monday at the age of 58. A pharmacist by profession, Strydom played 21 tests between 1993 and 1997 and was a key member of the team that won the World Cup in 1995. He started the final match against New Zealand where the home side emerged victorious with a score of 15-12, with Nelson Mandela watching from the sidelines. This was the first time the two sides had played at Newlands since 1980, and the Lions won the match with a score of 25-16.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander paid tribute to Strydom, saying: “He was a hard-working lock who never shied away from getting stuck in and doing the dirty work. To lose yet another member of the iconic Bok squad from 1995 is a heavy blow to the rugby fraternity here in South Africa.” The loss of Strydom adds to the tragic history of the Springboks, with several key players passing away in recent years, including Kitch Christie, Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen, Chester Williams and James Small.