Pedrie Wannenburg
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Death of Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg: The player, who spent time with Castres and Oyonnax, died at the age of 41 in a car accident on Friday in the United States.

Former Springboks third-line wing Pedrie Wannenburg was killed In a Texas car accident on Friday, his former South African franchise, the Bulls, announced Saturday.

Passing through Castres and Oyonnax, the South African, only 41 years old, was driving his car with his wife and two children when a young driver trying to escape the police hit the vehicle from the rear.

A police spokesman quoted by media reports said a 16-year-old suspect, who was prosecuted for refusing to comply, collided with the ex-rugby player’s car at an intersection.

Following the accident, Wannenburg and his son, François, were taken to hospital, where the former Springbok succumbed to his injuries. His wife and daughter suffer only minor injuries.

 Pedrie Wannenburg donned the Boks jersey 20 times between 2002 (for the first time against the XV of France in Marseille) and 2007 but had not been retained in the team that had won the World Cup in France—crowned three times (2007, 2009 and 2010 in Super Rugby with the Bulls province, based in Pretoria, he then continued his career in Europe.

First for the Irish province of Ulster, then in the Top 14, in Castres (2012-2014), where he was crowned champion of France in 2013, and in Oyonnax.

Before, in 2016, to finish his career in the United States. Coach of the Austin franchise.

The announcement of his disappearance aroused strong emotion in French rugby.

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