Joost's tribute to be aired

2011-11-24 11:57

Johannesburg - As rugby dinners go, this week’s benefit function for ailing rugby great Joost van der Westhuizen was in a league of its own.

Attended by former Rugby World Cup winners, business luminaries and supporters, the dinner raised R1 057 000 for Van der Westhuizen’s foundation, which supports sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease.

The legendary No 9 suffers from ALS, a form of MND, which is incurable.

“We never hesitated when we got the call,” said George Gregan, the world’s most capped rugby international, who lent his support to his great rival at the function hosted by the SA Rugby Legends Association.

The night provided tears, fun and laughter with the best moments provided by Van der Westhuizen himself who bravely spoke before 1 200 guests, among them sports minister Fikile Mbalula.

A highlights show, which includes interviews with Gregan, Justin Marshall and Gary Teichmann, will be broadcast on SuperSport this weekend.

SS1 and M-Net, 14:20; CSN and SS1, 21:00

SS6, 06:00 and 11:35; SS1, 20:15

Joost van der Westhuizen and George Gregan


  • springbokke - 2011-11-24 12:24

    Thank you Joost, thang you...from an avid Bull supporter for well on 60years .. ....thank you., you put class into the game............BULLE.

  • Zion - 2011-11-24 18:19

    I have to admit Joost was never my favourite in any way but here I am forced to look deeper into the guy and what I do see is much better than my preconceived ideas. George Gregan has always been one of my favourites for that no 9 position. Seeing the two together makes me feel humble in an inexplicable way. Joost, sterkte vir jou en mag jy gou gesond word. Maak nie saak hoe ver kyk jy maar daar is altyd hoop anderkant die heuwel. Sterkte.

  • Ogon - 2011-11-24 21:20

    The best player ever.

  • marks.sandi - 2011-11-25 00:00

    Joost, I will always remember you in that class of 1995.

  • Mark - 2011-11-25 03:44

    Some great highlights of Joost representing the Boks - "tribure to a South Africa rugby legend"

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