Springboks

Joost 'no to police' after alleged poisoning

2017-08-26 09:31
Joost van der Westhuizen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - According to reports, former Springbok great Joost van der Westhuizen reportedly opted against going to police despite suspicions of poisoning in 2014.

Odette Schwegler, spokesperson for the family, said on Friday that Van der Westhuizen was admitted to ICU twice in 2014 because he showed symptoms of organophosphate poisoning.

However, according to Netwerk24, Van der Westhuizen refused to pursue the matter any further.

Van der Westhuizen lost his battle to motor neuron disease, having first been diagnosed with the illness in 2011.

He was 45.

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.

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