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02:19:59PM
Ryan Robson, Chester's stepson, has taken to the stage.
02:14:03PM
Johnny Burger, the chairperson of the South African Hall of Fame, is next up on the podium...
02:02:43PM
PJ Powers is now called on to the stage. She will sing her famous rendition of "World In Union".
02:01:41PM
The whole UWC Varsity Cup team is on stage and a tearful Maria has paid an emotional tribute to the players.
01:57:26PM
Maria Williams: "He had such a passion for this University and he worked day and night. UWC is our family."
01:51:49PM
Chester's wife Maria and three children have taken to the stage...
01:50:19PM
Paarwater closes with: "Chester, my friend, rest in peace..."
01:49:27PM
Paarwater urges mourners to go and get themselves a Chester's Lager beer afterwards.
01:39:20PM
Jerome Paarwater, Varsity Cup technical advisor, is next up...
01:31:09PM
De Lille: "To the family ... thank you for sharing Chester with us."
01:27:26PM
De Lille says President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Williams' funeral an official funeral.
01:26:22PM
Minister Patricia de Lille is next up as key note speaker...
01:20:55PM

SPORT24'S ROB HOUWING PAYS TRIBUTE...

01:15:40PM

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2001 Williams was selected as the coach of the South African sevens team that won the bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and ended runners up in the World Sevens Series.

He remained sevens coach until 2003.

01:05:12PM

DID YOU KNOW?

Chester Williams was portrayed by McNeil Hendricks in the 2009 Clint Eastwood film Invictus, a biographical drama film about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Williams also helped to coach Hollywood heavyweight Matt Damon and other actors for the rugby scenes used in the film.

01:00:46PM

SPORT24 CHATS TO PJ POWERS

12:31:34PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Minister Patricia de Lille is the keynote speaker at Chester Williams' memorial service.

De Lille is due to deliver her speach between 13:25-13:35

12:29:50PM

PJ POWERS TO PERFORM

PJ Powers will perform at Chester Williams' memorial service.

Her musical interluge is set for 13:40 to 13:50.

11:18:16AM

13:00 START

Today's procedings will commence at 13:00.

Sport24's Lloyd Burnard will be reporting LIVE from the Main Hall at the UWC campus.

10:57:54AM

FUNERAL SERVICE DETAILS

On Saturday, September 14 at 12:00, Williams' funeral service will be held at Newlands rugby stadium where he first made a name for himself on the rugby stage.

Williams made his debut for Western Province in 1991, making 63 appearances before heading to the Golden Lions after the 1998 season.

In addition to today and Saturday's services, on Thursday, September 12, there will be a tribute evening at the Boland Cricket Ground in Paarl starting at 18:00.

The family have made it clear that: "Everybody is welcome to all occasions".

10:54:04AM

CHESTER WAS WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLE HEART CONDITION

10:52:46AM

FIFTH PLAYER FROM 1995 WORLD CUP FINAL TO DIE

Williams is the fourth player of 1995 Springbok Rugby World Cup-winning team to have died - and the fifth overall.

Springbok loose forward Ruben Kruger (39) died from brain cancer in 2010, scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen (45) from motor neurone disease in 2017 and wing James Small (50) from a heart attack earlier this year.

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu (40) died from a heart attack linked to his kidney disease.

In addition, Springbok 1995 coach Kitch Christie (58) died of cancer in 1998.

10:45:30AM

WATCH | CHESTER WILLIAMS SCORES 4 TRIES ON RUGBY WORLD CUP DEBUT

10:44:33AM

DID YOU KNOW?

Williams made his Springbok debut against Argentina in 1993 and played 27 Tests for South Africa until his final outing against Wales in 2000.

He scored 14 Test tries in the process.

10:42:27AM

CHESTER WILLIAMS' CAREER IN PICTURES