Former Blue Bulls and Springbok Player Pedrie Wannenburg Dies in US Car Crash
- Former Blue Bulls and Springboks player Pedrie Wannenburg was tragically killed in a car accident in the United States
- The 41-year-old was travelling with his family when he was involved in a multi-vehicle collision while police were pursuing a suspect
- Texas police confirmed that a 16-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident that happened in Harris County
The rugby fraternity is mourning after the tragic death of former Bulls and Springbok player Pedrie Wannenburg in a car accident.
According to reports, Wannenburg was travelling with his family in Texas, United States when he lost his life in a multi-vehicle crash after a high-speed police chase that had nothing to do with him.
As reported by Sport24, local police confirmed that a 16-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the incident. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County said that the suspect did not pull over after being requested to by police, instead speeding off with the cops in pursuit.
The suspect's vehicle crashed into the back of the unfortunate Wannenburg's at an intersection. His son Francois was seriously injured, but thankfully his wife Evette and daughter Isabelle escaped harm.
According to SA Rugby Magazine, made his professional debut for the Bulls in 2001, and became the first player to play 100 games for them and also 99 consecutive games for the team. He won three Super Rugby titles with the Pretoria outfit in 2007, 2009 and 2010, as well as five Currie Cups, and became their most capped player with 114 Super Rugby appearances. He also won 20 caps for the Springboks during his career.
Sport24 reported that Wannenburg settled in the USA in 2016, where he became one of the first South African players to feature in the country's fledgling professional rugby setup, turning out in the colours of the Denver Stampede. He and his family then relocated to Austin, where he was involved in the refrigeration industry while coaching at the West Houston Lions.
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Tributes poured in for the fallen Bok from all quarters.