Chester Williams
Full names: Chester Mornay
Date of birth: 8 Aug 1970
Place of birth: Paarl
School: Klein Nederburg
Springbok no: 589
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.72m, 81.6kg
Date of death: 6 Sep 2019 (Age 49)

Test summary: Tests: 27 Tries: 14
First Test: 13 Nov 1993 Age:23 Left Wing against Argentina at Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires
Last Test: 26 Nov 2000 Age:30 Reserve against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Test history:
13 Nov 199323Left WingArgentinaWin: 52-231 tryFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
04 Jun 199423Left WingEnglandLose: 15-32 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
11 Jun 199423Left WingEnglandWin: 27-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
09 Jul 199423Left WingNew ZealandLose: 14-22 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
23 Jul 199423Left WingNew ZealandLose: 9-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
06 Aug 199423Left WingNew ZealandDraw: 18-18 Eden Park, AucklandWP
08 Oct 199424Left WingArgentinaWin: 42-221 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
15 Oct 199424Left WingArgentinaWin: 46-261 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
19 Nov 199424Left WingScotlandWin: 34-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
26 Nov 199424Left WingWalesWin: 20-121 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
13 Apr 199524Left WingSamoaWin: 60-82 triesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
10 Jun 199524Left WingSamoaWin: 42-144 triesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
17 Jun 199524Left WingFranceWin: 19-15 Kingspark, DurbanWP
24 Jun 199524Left WingNew ZealandWin: 15-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Nov 199525Left WingItalyWin: 40-21 Olympic Stadium, RomeWP
18 Nov 199525Left WingEnglandWin: 24-142 triesTwickenham, LondonWP
18 Jul 199827ReserveAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
25 Jul 199827ReserveNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
10 Jun 200029ReserveCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonLions
17 Jun 200029ReserveEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
24 Jun 200029ReserveEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
08 Jul 200029ReserveAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneLions
19 Aug 200030Right WingNew ZealandWin: 46-401 tryEllispark, JohannesburgLions
26 Aug 200030Right WingAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanLions
12 Nov 200030Left WingArgentinaWin: 37-33 River Plate, Buenos AiresLions
19 Nov 200030Left WingIrelandWin: 28-18 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinLions
26 Nov 200030ReserveWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions

Top 50 Boks: 25 – Chester Williams :

Williams was a world-class finisher on the left wing whose rich understanding of the game made him as reliable on defence as he was lethal on attack. Chester made his debut against Argentina in Buenos Aires on November 13, 1993 and in doing so became the first non-white player to don the Springbok jersey since Errol Tobias in the early 1980s.

The Black Pearl” as he was dubbed immediately displayed his attacking capabilities by scoring a try on debut and went on to score a phenomenal 13 tries in his first 16 Tests. After missing the pool stages of the 1995 World Cup, Chester was dramatically called-up in place of Pieter Hendriks who was banned for the remainder of the competition for his part in the wild punch-up against Canada.

The decision fuelled speculation that Chester was merely a political pawn but he soon silenced such suggestions when he scored four tries in the quarter-final clash against Western Samoa. Williams went on to play in the semi-final against France and the historic final against New Zealand.

Knee injuries hampered his international career in 1996 and 1997 but Williams worked himself back into the Springbok squad in 1998 and played two cameos off the bench in the Boks’ maiden Tri-Nations winning campaign.

He missed the 1999 World Cup but won nine caps in 2000. His last game for the Springboks came in the 23-13 win over Wales in Cardiff on November 26, 2000 and he retired from all forms of rugby a year later.

Chester’s contribution to South African rugby was more than simply his on-field achievements – he single-handedly changed the perception of rugby being a ‘white man’s game’ and became an icon and inspiration to rugby players in the rural areas of the Republic.


  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995
  • Currie Cup winner with Western Province, 1997
  • Tri-Nations winner, 1998
  • Currie Cup winner with the Lions, 1999