The 1995 Rugby World Cup record that stands to this day
The current crop of international wings have certainly done well to follow in their predecessors’ footsteps.
During the World Cup, Kolbe and Mapimpi were an instrumental part in the Springboks’ 2019 triumph.
They scored a try apiece during the Final – establishing themselves among the finest wings South Africa has produced.
However, before Kolbe and Mapimpi, there was a man by the name of Chester Williams.
He made his Springbok debut at the age of 23 against Argentina in November 1993 and was part of the Springboks side that won the 1995 World Cup.
Williams still holds the record for the only South African to have scored four tries in a World Cup play-off match.
The wing had defenders grasping thin air as he dazzled his way through the big Pacific Islanders during the quarterfinal win over Samoa.
Williams, nicknamed the ‘Black Pearl’, is one of just two players who hold this incredible record.
The other legend is All Blacks superstar Jonah Lomu.
The New Zealander bagged four tries during a semifinal match against England at the 1995 World Cup.
Sadly for the rugby fraternity, both have passed – Williams in 2019 and Lomu in 2015.
However, 25-years and six World Cup editions later, their joint record still remains intact.
– Leezil Hendricks/Rugby365
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