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Hannes Strydom Accident: Former South African Rugby World Cup winner Hannes Strydom dies in N4 car accident in Mpumalanga

Hannes Strydom Death: Former South African Rugby World Cup winner Hannes Strydom dies in N4 car accident in Mpumalanga.

Former South African rugby union player who played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1993 and 1997, Johannes Jacobus ‘Hannes’ Strydom has died. Strydom was 58 years old.

On Monday, November 20, Strydom’s 1995 teammate Kobus Wiese confirmed the tragic news.

“Yes, it is so (Strydom’s passing) … At this stage the information is very vague, but I know it happened somewhere in Mpumalanga. He and another person was in a vehicle that collided with a taxi. That’s what we know at this stage,” Wiese said.

Strydom went to school at Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth and the A rugby field is named after him. He worked as a pharmacist in Pretoria.

He played his first test match for the Springboks on 3 July 1993 against France at Ellis Park. He toured with the Springboks to Australia and Argentina in 1993, playing in all the test matches during the tours. In 1994 he played only one test match and in 1995 was a member of the World Cup squad and also played in the World Cup final. He continued to represent South Africa during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, including the test series against the 1997 British Lions. Strydom also played in nine tour matches.

“Sad news just received is of the passing of former Springbok World Cup winning lock from 1995, Hannes Strydom. He is said to have died in a motor vehicle accident, at this time no details are available. My sincere condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace,” The Waterhole Rugby Museum wrote in a Facebook post.

In 2003 Strydom was inducted into the University of Pretoria Sport Hall of fame.

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