South African rugby player Hannes Strydom, who was instrumental in the historic 1995 World Cup victory for the Springboks, died in a car accident at the age of 58.

Strydom was an important part of the team that won the World Cup by defeating New Zealand in the final. His accomplishments were prominently shown in the 2009 Hollywood production Invictus. The victory, occurring just a year after the end of apartheid in South Africa, holds immense historical significance.

As a second-row player, Strydom is acknowledged for his accomplishments and is regarded as “one of the great locks of his generation.” His tragic passing in the Sunday night vehicle accident is the fifth setback for the original Springboks squad that defeated the All Blacks 15–12 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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Cause of death-

Hannes Strydom died in a tragic car accident on Sunday near the coal mining town of eMalahleni in Mpumalanga province.

Net worth-

As of 2023, Hannes Strydom’s estimated net worth was $5 million, according to various media reports.


Hannes Strydom was born on July 13, 1965. He died at the age of 58.

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From 1993 to 1997, Johannes Jacobus “Hannes” Strydom, a renowned rugby union player from South Africa, was a member of the Springboks. Originating from Welkom, South Africa, Strydom demonstrated his rugby skills at Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth. After graduating, he joined the rugby squad of Eastern Province.

Strydom was acknowledged for his physicality and ability to win lineouts, and he was well-known for his intimidating presence as a lock forward. His substantial contributions culminated in the 1995 Rugby World Cup victory for the Springboks, an important turning point in the team’s history.

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Strydom went from playing rugby to becoming a pharmacist. After 58 years of life, he passed away on November 19, 2023, leaving behind a lasting legacy.


He was married to his wife Nikolie.