Rugby Championship

Joost helps inspire Springboks

2014-10-06 10:12
Cape Town - Former Springbok great Joost van der Westhuizen made an appearance at Ellis Park on Saturday, helping inspire the men in Green and Gold to a memorable victory over New Zealand.

VIDEO: Joost van der Westhuizen's emotional return to Ellis Park

VIDEO: Joost pops in at All Blacks training

Van der Westhuizen was expected to lead out the Boks ahead of their Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks, but instead made an appearance at half-time.

Flanked by his children, as well as a couple of Springboks not in action on the day, Van der Westhuizen received a standing ovation and a thunderous round of applause from the sold-out stadium.

Van der Westhuizen, despite suffering from motor neuron disease (MND), made a brave effort to walk onto the field.

Van der Westhuizen popped into an All Blacks training session last week.

The All Blacks took time out from their practice session to pose for photographs and chat to the former Springbok No 9 who was diagnosed with MND in 2011.


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