Springbok legend Morne du Plessis mentioned each member of the 1995 Springbok squad was distinctive, “however even amongst them, Chesi was distinctive”.
He spoke of Williams’ work ethic, and added “he was small of stature however had the courageous coronary heart of a lion” and that this was “much more obvious off the sphere than it was on the sphere”.
Some had made Williams a “poster boy” for transformation, however this had put huge “accountability and expectation” on the person.
Williams responded by letting his brilliance on the sphere stand as “an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of South Africans then and now”.
Du Plessis recalled strolling via “the lengthy, unforgiving tunnel” at Ellis Park on the day of the nation’s World Cup win, and seeing Williams putting each his arms over that of Nelson Mandela, who was greeting everybody within the squad.
“That day didn’t resolve our issues, nevertheless it modified many attitudes,” he mentioned.