Some battles are much tougher than those fought on the rugby field.
The battle of Joost van der Westhuizen with motor neurone disease has been highly publicised and is one of the most heartbreaking things we’ve seen happen to a legend of our beautiful game.
When diagnosed with the awful disease in 2011, he was given two to five years to live. However, in typical van der Westhuizen style, he continues to fight on. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, the 1995 World Cup winner continues to upset the odds and, as stated by Manu Samo “live his life to the fullest”.
Van der Westhuizen was recently visited by the Samoan Rugby team in Brighton, following the side’s opening Rugby World Cup win against the USA. In an incredibly touching gesture from Steve Betham’s side, they united to sing a beautiful hymn to the South African legend.
From everyone at Pundit Arena, Joost we salute you and admire the character you have shown during this incredibly tough period. You’re a warrior.