Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered as a hero on and off the pitch. Photo: ZAlebs
Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered as a hero on and off the pitch. Photo: ZAlebs

Springbok Rugby Legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen Dies After Struggle With Motor Neurone Disease

By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:29 am AFKI Original

Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday after struggling with with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) since his diagnosis in 2011. He was only 45. Van der Westhuizen was a multiple record holder during his time as a player for numerous famed Springbok teams and his beloved Blue Bulls franchise. At a time he was the most-capped Springbok with 89 tests and record try scorer with 38 tries for the South Africans.

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