Currie Cup

Chester resigns as Pumas coach

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Former Springbok winger Chester Williams has resigned as the Pumas’ coach, leaving the once top-eight Absa Currie Cup Province in tatters.

Williams, who could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, quoted “personal reasons” for his resignation, but sources who have been close to the game in the Province for the past 30 years, claim that blatant racism forced the 1995 World Cup-winning hero to resign from his post.

“Pumas rugby is no more. They have chased away the likes of Danie Gerber and several others who have worked their guts out to make the Pumas a top-eight side in SA rugby, but now they have also managed to get rid of Chester,” one very disappointed fan told SAPA on Wednesday.

“The Pumas will play the Eagles in an Absa Currie Cup First Division match Friday in Witbank, but I don’t know where they are going to find a team to take the field.

“Our captain has already withdrawn, citing injury as an excuse, but I doubt if that is true. The mood among rugby folk here in Puma country is at the lowest ebb I can remember – and that’s going a few years back.”

Fly-half Quintin van Tonder will lead the Pumas in the absence of regular captain Marc de Marigny on Friday. Loose forward De Marigny has cited a knee injury as the reason for not being available for the match.

Speculation as to why Williams has decided to turn his back on the Pumas is rife.

There have been problems with alleged ‘stalkers’ harassing his wife and children, as well as speculation he might be on a shortlist as backline coach in the embattled WP set-up.

SAPA

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