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Springbok World Cup winner dies in car accident — reports

Strydom won the World Cup as a member of Francois Pienaar’s team in 1995.

Hannes Strydom, right, celebrates winning the Currie Cup with his Lions (Transvaal) team-mate AJ Venter. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Former World Cup-winning Springbok lock Hannes Strydom has reportedly died in a car accident.

Strydom was a member of the 1995 World Cup-winning team in South Africa.

According to various news outlets, Strydom, who became a successful pharmacist following his rugby career, died in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday night. He was 58 years old.

Netwerk24 reported on Monday morning the accident happened on the N4 in the Witbank area in Mpumalanga.

World Cup winners

Strydom is the fifth member of the 1995 team coached by the late Kitch Christie and captained by Francois Pienaar to have passed on.

Ruben Kruger, Joost van der Westhuizen, James Small and Chester Williams also passed on in recent years.

Strydom played 21 Tests for the Boks and provincially ran out for Transvaal and Northern Transvaal.

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