South Africa has produced many great sporting legends, and the late Joost van der Westhuizen was no exception. A brilliant scrum half, despite him being larger than usual scrum halves, standing at 6ft 2 inches, he captained his first international match at the age of 22 against Argentina.

Joost van der Westhuizen was born on the 20th of February 1971 in Pretoria. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and became a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2015.

Joost also set up a charitable organization called “the J9 Foundation” to raise awareness on motor neuron disease after he was diagnosed with the disease in May of 2011.

Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered as one of the greatest South African rugby players and will be fondly missed by his family, friends and his many fans.

Joost van der Westhuizen tributes

Here are some of the video tributes made, commemorating the life that Joost van der Westhuizen had lived:




Back in 2012, Kobus Wiese sat down to chat with the late Joost van der Westhuizen. John Smit, Nick Mallett, Ashwin Willemse, Hugh Bladen, Justin Marshall, George Gregan, James Small, Hennie le Roux and Eugene van Wyk also paid tribute to him.