according to South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen has died after a long battle against motor neurone disease.
Rest easy blue eyes…. ‘RIP Joost van der Westhuizen, 1971-2017.
Van der Westhuizen, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest scrum-halves in the sport’s history, passed away in hospital on Monday at the age of 45.
Former Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll wrote: ‘RIP Joost Van der Westhuizen.
South Africa rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen has passed away at the age of 45Van der Westhuizen is pictured with former South Africa captain Francois Pienaar (second left)’Joost will be remembered as one of the greatest Springboks – not only of his generation, but of all time,’ said Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, in tribute to Van der Westhuizen.
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Joost van der Westhuizen dies, aged 45
(CNN) Former South Africa rugby great Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged 45 after losing his battle with motor neurone disease.
Van der Westhuizen set up the charity after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011.
Van der Westhuizen (C), during a re-enactment of the team photo from the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
Van der Westhuizen scored 38 tries in 89 appearances for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003, and was inducted into rugby’s Hall of Fame.
At the time of his retirement, van der Westhuizen was the most-capped player in Springboks history.
as mentioned in Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, called van der Westhuizen “one of the best scrum-halves world rugby has ever seen”.
Joost Van Der Westhuizen.
On Saturday van der Westhuizen was described as “critical” after he was rushed to a Johannesburg hospital.
— Jonny Wilkinson (@JonnyWilkinson) February 6, 2017″RIP Joost van der Westhuizen.
Van der Westhuizen’s deat hsent shockwaves through the rugby world, and many high-profile figures paid tribute to the South African great overnight.
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