South Africa Rugby World Cup star dies in a car accident, aged 58

South Africa Rugby World Cup winner dies in a car accident, aged 58, after a ‘collision with a taxi’ in his homeland

  • Former South Africa Rugby star Hannes Strydom has passed away aged 58 
  • Strydom was involved in a car crash with taxi said to have collided with his car 

Former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom has died aged 58 after being involved in a car accident. 

Strydom – who was part of the Springboks’ 1995 Rugby World Cup winning side – was said to have been involved in a collision with a taxi in his homeland in the province of Mpumalanga – to the north east of Johannesburg – on Sunday evening.

He picked up 21 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 1997 and played all of his club career in his native South Africa.

The Springboks paid tribute to Strydom on social media as president Mark Alexander hailed him for being ‘a hero’ of South African rugby.

‘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,’ he said.

Former South Africa rugby star Hannes Strydom has died aged 58 after a car accident

Strydom made 21 appearances for the Springboks and was part of their 1995 World Cup-winning side

‘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 Bok 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.’

His former club Lions also paid tribute to him – with CEO and former team-mate Rudolf Straeuli recalling their ‘tight bond’.

Strydom – pictured with his wife in 2010 – is said to have been involved in a collision with a taxi


Born: 13 July 1965, Welkom, Free State, South Africa

Died: 19 November 2023, Mpumalanga

Position: Lock 

Clubs: Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal, Golden Lions

South Africa caps: 21 

Honours: Rugby World Cup 1995 

‘We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Hannes,’ said Rudolf Straeuli, Lions Rugby Company CEO and former teammate. ‘We share a tight bond as members of the 1995 group and to lose yet another one of our brothers is a big blow.

‘Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and the rugby fraternity at large.’

Strydom was put into intensive care in 2014 after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking. 

He fought off the assailants but was left with cuts to his head and a fractured skull and jaw after they threw bricks through his window. 

Strydom is the fifth player of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning team to have died – after Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen, Chester Williams and James Small. 

The coach of the team – Kitch Christie – died a year after they won the trophy. 

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