Cape Town - Springbok 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning skipper John Smit has extended his condolences to fellow great, Joost van der Westhuizen.
Smit paid tribute to his "schoolboy hero" who "will never be forgotten".
Van der Westhuizen, a World Cup winner himself in 1995, passed away on Monday aged 45, after losing his nearly
six-year long battle with motor neuron disease (MND).
Van der Westhuizen, who was diagnosed with the illness 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.