Former South Africa Rugby Star Hannes Strydom Dies in Tragic Car Accident at 58
In a heartbreaking incident, former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 58. Strydom, who was a crucial part of the historic Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, lost his life in a collision with a minibus taxi near the town of eMalahleni in Mpumalanga province.
Strydom, a talented lock player, represented his country with great pride and dedication, earning a total of 21 Springbok caps between 1993 and 1997. He was known for his exceptional skills on the field and his instrumental role in South Africa’s victory in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand.
News of Strydom’s tragic demise has left the rugby community in mourning. Mark Alexander, the President of the South African Rugby Union, paid tribute to Strydom, referring to him as a “hero of our local game.” Strydom’s former club, the Lions, also expressed their grief, describing him as a legend who formed a formidable lock combination with his teammate Kobus Wiese.
Beyond his successful rugby career, Strydom had other notable achievements. After retiring from the sport, he pursued a career as a pharmacist and eventually started his own pharmacy chain. However, his life took a tragic turn in 2014 when he was the victim of a carjacking. He sustained severe injuries during the attack.
Strydom’s passing adds to the list of tragic losses among the 1995 Springbok team. He is now the fifth player from that iconic squad to have passed away, following Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen, Chester Williams, and James Small. In addition to the players, coach Kitch Christie also passed away in 1998.
The details surrounding the accident that claimed Strydom’s life remain unclear at this time. As South Africa mourns the loss of a rugby legend, fans and fellow players remember him for his exceptional talent and dedication both on and off the field. Forever Sports Online extends its condolences to Strydom’s family and friends during this difficult time.