Joost’s Brave Battle
Joost’s Brave Battle: Former Springbok scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen continues to fight for his life in a Johannesburg hospital, where he remains in a “critical condition” after being admitted on Saturday morning. The 45-year-old is on life support after his key organs began to fail late on Friday as a result of the effects of motor neuron disease – a condition he was diagnosed with in 2011. “Joost remains in ICU in a critical but stable condition,” the J9 Foundation, the organisation he helped establish to fight the disease, said yesterday. “He is responding well to his loved ones and putting up an incredible fight. He really is our Superman!”
At 1.88m tall and more than 90kg he terrorised defences around the fringes of rucks. He was also a winner at the 1995 World Cup, which the Springboks famously won 15-12 after extra time against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Joost captained the Boks 10 times, which included the 1999 World Cup team, when South Africa finished third.