Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Former Springbok halfback Joost van der Westhuizen fighting for his life in Jo'burg

  1. #1
    Immortal Contributor The InnFORCEr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    West Leederville
    Posts
    14,628
    vCash
    73216000
    Dry July! Tong Master 141 Club Award TWF Contributor! TWF Competition Winner!

    Former Springbok halfback Joost van der Westhuizen fighting for his life in Jo'burg

    Last updated 07:56, February 6 2017


    Former Springboks halfback Joost van der Westhuizen's condition is reported be improving as he continues to receive hospital treatment.

    The 45-year-old South Africa great, who played in the epic 15-12 victory over the All Blacks in the World Cup final in Johannesburg in 1995, has been living with motor neurone disease since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.

    Statements from his J9 Foundation on Saturday evening and Sunday morning revealed he was in a "critical but stable" condition in an intensive care unit.

    Sunday morning's update, though, added that he was "putting up an incredible fight" - and there was further encouragement later in the day.

    A statement released around on the J9 Foundation's Facebook page read: "Joost has been much better today however he is tired and been resting this afternoon.

    "Thank you for the continued support for him and his family."

    The foundation was set up by Van der Westhuizen to aid people suffering from MND.

    Van der Westhuizen is regarded as one of the finest halfbacks in rugby history, having won 89 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003 and scored 38 tries.

    In recent years he has been confined to a wheechair and was recently put on an oxygen machine to help him breathe.

    His estranged wife, singer Amor Vittone, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday: "Joost, at this moment is still critical in hospital, but showing us all his fighting spirit!"

    She and Van der Westhuizen have two children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie.

    "Please keep him in your prayers and thank you for all the beautiful messages of encouragement. Jordan and Kylie have shown tremendous courage through this difficult time," Vittone added.

    - Stuff

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/i...oburg-hospital

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    80 Minutes, 15 Positions, No Protection, Wanna Ruck?

    Ruck Me, Maul Me, Make Me Scrum!

    Education is Important, but Rugby is Importanter!

  2. #2
    Legend Contributor blueandblack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    5,265
    vCash
    4402410
    Dry July! TWF Contributor! 141 Club Award TWF Competition Winner!
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...gby-great-dies

    "Joost van der Westhuizen, the former South Africa rugby World Cup winner has died aged 45. He had been living with motor neurone disease since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.

    Van der Westhuizen is regarded as one of the finest scrum-halves in rugby history, having won 89 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003 and scored 38 tries, helping the team win the 1995 World Cup on home soil.

    He and his estranged wife, singer Amor Vittone, had two children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie."

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "12 Years a Supporter" starring the #SeaOfBlue

  3. #3
    Champion
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    South Perth
    Posts
    1,159
    vCash
    5298000
    MND is one of the worst diseases out there. The mind is bright, alert and active whilst muscles in your body slowly stop working. It takes no prisoners and does not discriminate. Joost and his family have been through living hell and I cannot express the words to say how sorry and how much poorer the world is now that Joost has gone. Totsiens Meneer, Ons sal jou later sien.

    4 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Rookie vulcan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Kwinana
    Posts
    149
    vCash
    5010000
    what a tragic loss to his family and to the world of rugby R I P

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  5. #5
    Veteran beige's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    4,247
    vCash
    5172000
    Very bad news.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  6. #6
    Champion
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    1,747
    vCash
    5108000
    Was one of the very best 9's ever and one of my all time favourite players, thanks for the memories Joost, RIP.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Wests Scarborough 1st Grade juggernaut has played finals rugby each and every year since its inception and continues this remarkable feat yet again this season and unbelievably it's still rolling on.

  7. #7
    Champion
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    girrawheen
    Posts
    1,299
    vCash
    5046000
    Sad news,what an awful disease

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  8. #8
    Legend Contributor Alison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    5,302
    vCash
    5426000
    TWF Contributor!
    A truly dreadful disease. If you want to support a charity in 2017, anything that helps research into this horrible disease would be money well donated imo.

    RIP Joost and everyone else who's been felled by this bastard of a disease.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    I may be wrong...but I highly doubt it, because I'm an Alison
    (Note for dullards: this 'signature' is not meant to be taken seriously)

  9. #9
    Immortal Contributor shasta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Mandurah
    Posts
    11,024
    vCash
    5442000
    The Bronze Star of Faith TWF Contributor!
    So sad. Well done to ABC news for putting together a great tribute to him tonight. It showed how heroic he has been in giving a lot of the little time he had left raising awareness.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday - Tom David

Similar Threads

  1. Joost van der Westhuizen
    By Exile in forum South Africa
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 09-03-14, 17:52
  2. Joost van der Westhuizen given 3 years to live
    By travelling_gerry in forum South Africa
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 25-05-11, 13:11
  3. YOUNG HALFBACK SWANEPOEL ENJOYING PERTH LIFE
    By RugbyWA in forum News Feeds
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-12-09, 10:13
  4. Wallabies Thumped in Jo'burg
    By Darren in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 31-08-08, 18:58
  5. Where are the Force staying in Jo'burg?
    By Uncle Bob in forum Western Force
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 28-04-06, 18:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •