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Madiba played biggest role in 1995

Former Springbok Chester Williams says Madiba was instrumental in SA’s 1995 RWC triumph.

Former Springbok Chester Williams says Madiba was instrumental in SA’s 1995 RWC triumph. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Former Springbok Chester Williams says the late Nelson Mandela played the biggest role in South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup triumph.

Madiba passed away last night after a long battle with illness.

Williams met Mandela when the former president engaged with the Springbok squad during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Williams says Mandela was the leader of all leaders.

"He was such an inspirational leader at the time and it just proved over the years what an amazing example he was for us as South Africans."

Williams has urged South Africans to live the legacy Mandela left behind.

"As a South African I feel very, very sad, because of what he has done for this country, and he has done for a lot of our lives.

"Nelson Mandela lived for peace and reconciliation and let's honour his legacy which will live on forever in this nation.

"He leaves us with a vision of a better life. Let us honour his memories in a respectful manner by continuing to live his morals and his values. I know his legacy will live on forever."

has urged South Africans to live the legacy Nelson Mandela has left behind.

Madiba passed away last night after a long battle with illness.

Williams met Mandela when the former president engaged with the 1995 World Cup winning squad.

He says Madiba played the biggest role in South Africa's triumph.

has urged South Africans to live the legacy Nelson Mandela has left behind.

Madiba passed away last night after a long battle with illness.

Williams met Mandela when the former president engaged with the 1995 World Cup winning squad.

He says Madiba played the biggest role in South Africa's triumph.