Joost van der Westhuizen would have been 50 today: 'Innovator, champion, inspiration'

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SOUTH AFRICA - UNDATED: Joost van der Westhuizen of the Springboks playing rugby in South Africa (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - UNDATED: Joost van der Westhuizen of the Springboks playing rugby in South Africa (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)
Wessel Oosthuizen

The Rugby World Cup has paid tribute to Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen, who have have turned 50 on Saturday.

Van der Westhuizen, considered one of the great scrumhalves to have played the game, died on February 6, 2017 at the age of 45 having lost his battle against motor neuron disease. 

His death was mourned by the entire rugby community at the time and now, over four years later, the life of the former Springbok captain is still being celebrated

In a social media post on Saturday, the official Rugby World Cup page said it would be celebrating Van der Westhuizen's career over the coming days. 

The post labelled Van der Westhuizen an "innovator", a "champion" and an "inspiration". 

Van der Westhuizen played 89 Tests for the Springboks. 

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