March 22, 2023
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Who is Maria Robson? (Chester Williams Wife) Bio, Wiki, Age, Children, Net Worth, Ethnicity

Maria Robson Bio, Wiki

Maria Robson is renown for being the wife to Chester Williams,  a World Cup-winning South African rugby winger who died on September 6th, 2019 at the age of 49 from a heart attack.

Maria Robson & Chester Williams Children

Chester Williams and Maria Robson were married in May 2002. They had three children together, Williams’ step-son, who was seven during the 1995 World Cup, Ryan, as well as twins, Chloe and Matthew.

In a 2015 interview with ESPN, Williams said; “When we traveled by train during the apartheid years, it was a third-class carriage and we had to stand for two hours to work as it was that packed. The other day I said to my wife I can’t remember the last time I was on a train, it was a long, long time ago. I’d like to put my kids on the train and tell them the story of me.”

Chester Williams Rugby Career

Williams played 27 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries. The Paarl-born player represented Western Province and Golden Lions at the province level, as well as Super Rugby side the Cats. After retiring in 2001 he coached the South African sevens team – known as the Blitzboks – and took in spells with the Ugandan and Tunisian national teams. He had most recently been working for the University of the Western Cape as the head rugby coach.

Williams is best remembered for his role in the Springbok’s iconic 1995 Rugby World Cup win over New Zealand in South Africa. The former wing was the only black player in the World Cup-winning team that defeated rivals New Zealand 15-12 in South Africa 24 years ago. In the group stages of the tournament, South Africa lost winger Pieter Hendricks to suspension. That resulted in Williams getting a start in the quarter-finals against Western Samoa in Ellis Park. The game saw Williams score four tries, becoming the first South African to score a hat-trick at the World Cup.

Chester Williams Death & Cause (Heart Attack)

Chester Williams died on September 9th, 2019 from a heart attack at the age of 49.  Mark Alexander, the president of SA Rugby said;

“Chester was a true pioneer in South African rugby. His performances at the World Cup in 1995, as a snapshot of his Springbok career, will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our rugby public. The news of Chester’s passing is devastating and hard to believe, as he was still young and seemingly in good health.”