Rest in peace, Joost

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 6 Feb 2017 at 14:58
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Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his battle with Motor Neuron Disease and passed away today.

I’ll leave the tributes and obituaries to others, but wanted to take a moment to say farewell to an icon of the game and a man who many of us, I’m sure, grew up watching.

Please keep Joost’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


  • Absolute legend. RIP

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.02.17 14:59:29 by SheldonK Reply
  • He is now playing rugby again with Lomu in heaven. RIP Joost

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.02.17 15:00:24 by Mutley Reply
  • Nag, ou grote #RIPJoost

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.02.17 15:08:59 by T-Shark Reply

  • what a legend….. RIP ou grote, you were an icon on and off the field, truly sad day for everybody not only rugby supporters

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.02.17 15:13:31 by Henkb Reply
  • Cheers Joost you scored some of the best tries I ever saw, especially the one under the posts at K.P. against the All Blacks.You were the best rugby player of your generation.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.02.17 15:24:08 by The hound Reply
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  • RIP Joost

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.02.17 15:24:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 5) : he really was, wasn’t he. So many others could have been (I’m thinking Andre Joubert, Lomu, etc) but Joost was about the only one that consistently delivered on that potential.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.02.17 15:27:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheers Joost. Legend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.02.17 15:32:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Very sad day. He could turn a game on his head from out of nowhere. I remember he once came on as a sub for the Boks on the wing and played superbly there as well. I have yet to see a scrumhalf snipe like Joost could.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.02.17 15:43:38 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Yup and I include Christian Cullen,Michael Jones,John Eales,Zinzan Brooke and I could go on,Joost was the best.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.02.17 15:44:13 by The hound Reply
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  • Sad news. Rest in peace Joost.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.02.17 15:51:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Sad news. I’ve accompanied men who have battled against MND…it is a tough road! You walked it bravely. Thank you for everything you gave on the field and off it. Now rest in peace…
    Condolences and strength for their road to the family and friends…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.17 17:00:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Farewell to a legend of the game.

    Great memories of his tries and THAT tackle on Lomu.

    Thoughts and prayers with his family.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.17 20:26:27 by StevieS Reply

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