Cape Town - Ireland’s rugby players met Springbok legend Joost
van der Westhuizen at a fundraising event in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The event was for Van der Westhuizen’s J9 Foundation aimed at fighting Motor Neurone
Van der Westhuizen has been battling the disease since 2011.
“They say never meet your heroes. They're wrong. Today,
after training, media and meetings, we met Joost van der Westhuizen. He really
is worth meeting,” the IRFU posted on their official website.
“One of those special evenings that come about through
rugby. An invitation to the J9 Foundation dinner to support former Springbok
captain Joost van der Westhuizen's Motor Neuron Disease charity.
“There is a standing ovation for the squad in appreciation
of their taking time out to come along and support the great man's event. There
is an even more richly deserved ovation for the man himself.
“A truly special evening with a legend of the game. God
The 45-year-old Van der Westhuizen played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.
He scored a then-Springbok record 38 tries and is widely regarded as one of the game’s finest-ever scrumhalves. Ireland beat the Springboks 26-20 in the first Test in Cape Town last weekend. The second Test is scheduled for Johannesburg on Saturday (17:00), with the third and final Test to be played in Port Elizabeth the next week (June 25).