Former Ulster and South Africa flanker Pedrie Wannenburg, 41, dies in US car crash


Former Ulster and Springboks back row Pedrie Wannenburg died Friday night at the age of 41 after a multi-vehicle car accident in Texas.

According to US website, the South African, who was the coach of Major League Rugby team Austin Elite, was killed when his car was hit by a vehicle involved in a high-speed police chase.

Wannenburg’s wife Evette and daughter Isabelle were not seriously injured, but their son was flown to the hospital for surgery, the report said.

Wannenburg represented Ulster 54 times from 2010–12 and was part of the team that reached the 2012 Heineken Cup final.

Stephen Ferris, who played alongside Wannenburg in Ulster, wrote on Twitter: “Extremely sad news to wake up to this morning.

“Pedrie was a football legend and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Thoughts are with his wife Evette and young children.”

Former Golden Lions coach Eugene Eloff wrote on Facebook: “I’m devastated. I have no words. I just heard that my friend Pedrie Wannenburg died in a car accident.

“Devastating news, RIP, wonderful man..

“You will be missed so much. My heart goes out to Evett and the kids. I keep you in my heart and in my prayers.”

Before playing for Ulster, Wannenburg won three Super Rugby titles and five Currie Cups with the Bulls from 2001-10, while also winning 20 caps for the Springboks before moving to Belfast where he became a fan favourite.

After leaving Ulster in 2012, the Nelspruit native spent four years in France at Castres and Oyonnax before moving to the United States, where he joined Austin as manager in 2019. Former Ulster and South Africa flanker Pedrie Wannenburg, 41, dies in US car crash

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