In this blog post, we are going to approach the topic a little differently by paying our respects to the recently passed rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen. Here is a small biography of the famous player, which focuses on his life achievements and personal career…

About

Van der Westhuizen was born on the 20th February 1971 in South Africa and played for the Junior Springbacks during 1992. In 2011, it was made public news that the famous rugby player had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. A weakness was first noticed by Van der Westhuizen in 2008, however he put this down to an old rugby injury. Months later, friends and family began noticing the injury and he was sent for tests, which ended with the diagnosis of MND. The star passed peacefully at his home in Johannesburg surrounded by his family on the 6th February 2017 at the age of 45, leaving behind a legacy of sports achievements in his wake.

Rugby Career

His entire provincial career with South African side the Blue Bulls lasted from 1993 until 2003. After this, he retired from playing. Van der Westhuizen’s career was spent playing as a scrum-half, however he was unusually tall for this position at 6 foot 2 inches. He was most known for his defence tackling abilities, in which he would find and penetrate the smallest gaps in the opposing sides defence. In 1995, South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup during which Van der Westhuizen made several impressive tackles.

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