Kobus Wiese was hospitalized in Cape Town on Tuesday evening after suffering a heart attack, a South African journalist said on Thursday. Legend of the Springboks, the second row was notably crowned world champion in 1995 with South Africa.
Kobus Wiese (56) hospitalized after a heart attack. South African radio man John Walland revealed on Thursday that the legendary second row of the 1995 World Champion South African squad was rushed to the Panorama Medi-Clinic in the capital, Cape Town, on Tuesday evening. legislature, after having had a violent heart attack. Walland specifies that an intravascular stent was placed in Wiese upon his arrival, the artery of the former player being narrowed, without giving more information on the evolution of Wiese’s state of health since his admission on Tuesday evening . A hospitalization which should come to stir the obscure file of the Springboks crowned world champions in 1995. While the fans had celebrated the 25th anniversary of this coronation last year, many are indeed the heroes of this World Cup who had seen the ‘South Africa climbed on the roof of the rugby planet for the first time in its history (the Springboks were also then world champions in 2007 and 2019) having suffered from heart disease, sometimes rare in addition.
Another 1995 world champion …
Thoughts are with Kobus Wiese and his family. Please recover soon! 💚 pic.twitter.com/VVUNQpwCxM
– Saffas Abroad Rugby 🇿🇦🏉 (@SaffasRugby) April 8, 2021
Four of the South Africans who lifted the trophy that year have even died for reasons similar to what today raises concerns for Wiese’s existence. The former winger Chester Williams, one of the teammates of the second row passed by Strasbourg and Carcassonne in particular and became since then a TV consultant in particular, thus died two years ago of a heart attack. Before him, other illustrious Springboks had also been swept away by illnesses which resurfaced strong suspicions of doping after this first of three world titles for South Africa to date. A curse that the third row of the time Ruben Kruger, who died of brain cancer in 2010, the star scrum half Joost van der Westhuizen, died, for his part, in 2017, of the aftermath of Charcot’s disease, when James Small had also suffered a heart attack, in 2019. South Africa is praying that Wiese does not complete this tragic list.