Cape Town - According to latest reports, Joost van der Westhuizen is being kept alive by machines in hospital.
Former Springbok great, Van der Westhuizen, was admitted to hospital on Saturday in a critical condition, according to his J9 Foundation Facebook page.
Respected broadcaster and journalist, Martin Gillingham, quoted Van der Westhuizen's Bok team-mate, Hennie le Roux, on his Twitter page as saying the star No 9 "was being kept alive on machines" and that it "doesn't look good for Joost".
Van der Westhuizen, 45, who has been fighting motor neuron disease since 2011, 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.
Sending my prayers to Joost van der Westhuizen & his family. May God give you strength in these difficult & trying times. Get well soon mate— Omphitlhetse Tlhone (@OmphitlhetseT) February 4, 2017