A car crash has taken the life of ex-African rugby star Hannes Strydom, here is all you need to know about him along with his family, wife and net worth
South African Rugby announced on Monday that former Springboks lock Hannes Strydom, the fifth member of their victorious 1995 World Cup team, had passed away in a car accident.
Ex-South Africa rugby player Hannes Strydom dies in car accident, cause of death, bio, age, family, wife, net worth
The incident happened on Sunday in the province of Mpumalanga, close to the coal mining town of eMalahleni.
Heartfelt condolences from the Springboks, who recognised Strydom as a crucial player in their historic World Cup victory, have been pouring in, demonstrating the profound impact of his sudden passing on the rugby community. In their condolences, his old team, the Lions, emphasised the close relationship that existed among the players of the ’95 squad.
It is with great sadness to have heard of the passing of our very own Lions and Springbok legend Hannes Strydom. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. May his soul rest in peace.#LionsPride🦁 pic.twitter.com/wt21wMe1wQ
— Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) November 20, 2023
Who was Hannes Strydom?
South African rugby union player Johannes Jacobus “Hannes” Strydom was born on July 13, 1965 in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa and represented his country’s rugby union team from 1993 to 1997. The 58-year-old who passed away on November 19, 2023, was 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) tall.
Hannes Strydom’s cause of death
According to a statement from the union, Hannes Strydom passed away following a car crash, on Sunday evening. As per a report in BBC, the car that Strydom was riding in crashed with a minibus taxi, according to former teammate and close friend Kobus Wiese, who spoke to local media about the incident.
A look at Hannes Strydom’s career
Hanners Strydom was the fifth member of the South African 1995 rugby World Cup winning team. He had played 21 times for the Springboks between 1993 and 1997. Before he retired, Hannes played for two teams: Eastern Province and Northern Transvaal. However, he spent the majority of his career with Transvaal, which later changed its name to the Bulls, playing more than 100 times.
Strydom participated in the Craven Week tournaments in 1983 and 1984 for the Eastern Province Schools team. In 1986, he made his senior provincial debut for Eastern Province. He played Super Rugby with the Gauteng Lions and the Cats after the South African franchise system was established in 1998.
Who was Hannes Strydom married to?
Hannee Strydom is survived by his wife Nikolie. Together, they welcomed three children named Annalie, Hannes and Lucy.
What was Hannes Strydom’s net worth?
A successful businessman in addition to his rugby accomplishments, Strydom was expected to have a $5 million net worth as of 2023, based on a number of media sources.