Springbok hero dying from MND

By November 25, 2013 Recent News

Care Not Killing 29 August 2013
Joost van der Westhuizen is a name well known to rugby fans the world over.
It was the scrum half’s try-saving tackle on the towering All Black wing Jonah Lomu in the World Cup rugby final in 1995 which arguably won the tournament for South Africa.
He went on to win the Tri Nations in 1998 and captained the Springboks at the 1999 World Cup, when they were beaten in extra time in the semi-finals by eventual winners Australia.
The 42 year old is now dying of motor neurone disease (MND) which he contracted in 2011. Progressive muscular weakness has now left him in a wheelchair and barely able to speak.
Van der Westhuizen scored 38 tries in 89 Tests for the Springboks after making his international debut against Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1993.
He played his last match in the Green and Gold against New Zealand in Melbourne in November in 2003, retiring as South Africa’s most-capped player.
Since being diagnosed with MND, he has set up the J9 Foundation, which is a charity that raises awareness about the disease.