South Africans are not alone in their mourning of rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen.
Former Wallabies and All Black players are among the multitudes who’ve shared their condolences after Joots’s passing sent shock waves to those who knew and admired him. The sportsman turned philanthropist passed away at his home, surrounded by loved ones, on Monday the 6th of February.
Former Wallabies back David Campese shared a touching post about his friend.
rugby world lost another great person & player. Joost who will be remembered for the great fight he had to fight. RIP my friend.
— David Campese (@Davidcampese11) February 6, 2017
Former New Zealand scrumhalf Justin Marshall said that, at his peak, Van der Westhuizen was the best rugby player in the world.
“He just had an ability, on the flip of a coin, to change a game … a player like that was someone you could never underestimate, was always dangerous,” Marshall told New Zealand radio. “When people ask me about Joost… I tend to gravitate towards the fact that, on his day when he was at his peak, he was probably one of the best, if not the best, player on the planet.” Marshall revealed that a great on-field rivalry with Van der Westhuizen developed into a close friendship off the pitch and that he admired the tenacity with which Joost battled the Motor neuron disease.
— Tim Horan (@TimHoran12) February 6, 2017
All Black great Dan Carter also paid tribute to the late rugby legend.
— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) February 6, 2017
(Featured Image: J9 Foundation, Twitter)
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