Hannes Strydom the former South Africa rugby star sadly passed away after a ‘collision with a taxi’.
The 58-year-old was part of the Springbok’s side that won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and amassed 21 caps in his four-year international career.
It was announced on Monday that Strydom had sadly passed away after being involved in a collision with a taxi in his homeland on Sunday.
Former South Africa rugby player Hannes Strydom has died in a car accident aged 58. pic.twitter.com/5fCa4umRa0
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President of the South Africa Rugby Union, Mark Alexander, paid tribute to Strydom.
“Hannes was one of the great locks of his generation and as a member of the Springbok squad from 1995, one of the heroes of our local game,” Alexander said.
“He also played more than 100 games for the Lions at a time when they dominated the game in South Africa and won the Super 10 before it became Super Rugby, which underlined the quality of that team.
“Hannes, along with other players from that Lions team, such as Francois Pienaar, Balie Swart, Kobus Wiese, and Hennie le Roux, formed the core of the famous Springbok squad that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in South Africa in 1995.
“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 and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Nikolie, their children, Annalie, Hannes and Lucy, family and friends in this very difficult time.”