Rugby

Smit remembers 'schoolboy hero' Joost

2017-02-06 22:51

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.

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