*This interview was conducted a week before the tragic passing of Springbok icon Chester Williams.*
This is the first edition of the new BET Central series called “The Best” where we talk with players, coaches, administrators on the best people they’ve played with or against, coached or worked alongside.
Few thought it possible at the time for a player of colour to have the impact Williams had, but he paved the way for many more to follow in his footsteps. He went on to have coaching stints the SA 7s and the Cats.
Now the head coach at the University of the Western Cape, Williams found time to look back on some of his rugby favourites in a predictably unpredictable exclusive interview with BET Central.
Yes, my dad. I admired him. He played for the Proteas and he taught me all my principles in life: respect, trust and communication.
As a Junior, Dr Gerrit Pool — and as a senior, Dougie Dyers.
The best player I played with was Jerome Paarwater. He was a great leader and I understand the role he played at Western Province.
Joe Roff and David Campese. They were very unpredictable, experienced and skilful.