It is with great sadness that I convey the news of rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen's death on the 6th of February 2017, in Johannesburg South Africa.
The star passed away due to advanced organ failure as a direct result of motor neuron disease from which he had been suffering since 2011. He was 45 years old at the time.
Joost will always be remembered for the fact that he played in the position of scrum-half for the South African rugby team.
Quoting from Wikipedia: “He represented South Africa in 89 test matches, scoring 38 tries, and was a member of the victorious South African rugby team at the 1995 World Cup. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007, and became a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame when the International Hall was merged with the IRB Hall of Fame in 2014.
His playing honours include the World Cup (1995), the Tri-Nations title (1998), two domestic Currie Cup trophies (1998 & 2002), and he was a member of the South African Rugby team at three Rugby World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003)”. The full Wikipedia article/description regarding Joost van der Westhuizen can be found by following this link.
Below I will be sharing a few tweets that have been spread notoriously in memoriam of the sports hero.
Joost, you shall be missed...
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