Farewell to one of SA rugby greats

2017-02-08 06:01
PHOTO: Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images 13 October 2003, Joost van der Westhuizen during the South African Rugby training session at Dockers Oval in Fremantle, Perth, Australia.

PHOTO: Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images 13 October 2003, Joost van der Westhuizen during the South African Rugby training session at Dockers Oval in Fremantle, Perth, Australia.

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FORMER Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen lost his battle with motor neuron disease on Monday afternoon after a long and hard battle with ALS. He is survived by his two children Jordan and Kylie.

A well decorated Springbok and Blue Bulls player, Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and was in and out of hospital in the last couple months of his life.

He was rushed to hospital on Saturday, 4 February and was in critical condition. His J9 Foundation confirmed his death at about 2pm on Monday, 6 February.

Tributes poured in for the much-loved Springbok during the course of the week.

Roseline Rayne Walker Dellipini

Condolences to the family

Margie Odell

Poor guy. Great South African will be missed. Rest well Joost

Bridgit Lambert

May he Rest on the arms of our Lord Jesus...I pray the love of God surround his family and comfort them in this sad and difficult time of grief.

Mary Barnard

Heaven was ready for the next Angel.

Bianca Mustard

Condolences to the family and his kids. May you have all the strength. He was a hero.

Carol Miller Humphrey RIP Joost you will always be remembered

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