South Africa is mourning the loss of former scrumhalf of the country’s national rugby team Joost van der Westhuizen, who lost his battle with motor neuron disease on the 6th of February 2017.


Van Der Westhuizen, who was 45, was diagnosed with the illness 2011.

He played 89 tests for the South African national rugby team, also known as the Springboks, between 1993 and 2003, scoring a record 38 tries and being widely regarded as one of the game’s finest-ever scrumhalves.

He will be laid to rest on Friday the 10th of February in Pretoria.

Many have taken to social media to share memories of Van Der Westhuizen and to offer messages of condolences to family and friends. Here’s a tribute video that was made by one of his fans:

*image from The Times.


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