Watch: Powerful Clip From When Jonah Lomu Met Joost Van der Westhuizen


Joost van der Westhuizen, the former South Africa rugby World Cup winner has died aged 45.

He had been living with motor neurone disease since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning in critical condition. The incurable disease which damages parts of the nervous system left van der Westhuizen confined to a wheelchair and he was given two to five years to live when he was diagnosed.

The scrumhalf will go down in history as one of the greatest to have ever played the game, and will forever be known as the man who stopped Jonah Lomu in his path at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.


Van der Westhuizen has now left us to join another legend of the game in Lomu. The late All Blacks winger paid a visit to the South African a couple of years ago, where the two shared a powerful moment.

“How do I know you Joost? I know you as the number nine that played in a Springbok jersey and tackled me and stopped me from scoring a try and at the same time stopped us from winning the World Cup!”

Check it out from around the 4 minute mark.

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