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Bakkies pays tribute to fellow Bok, Bulls legend, Joost

2017-02-06 22:51

Cape Town - Bakkies Botha has paid tribute to his fellow Springbok and Bulls team-mate, Joost van der Westhuizen.

Botha, the hard man of the Springbok second row in 85 Tests, took to Twitter to express his condolences.

Van der Westhuizen 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.

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