Van der Westhuizen to lead out SA

Date published: October 4 2014

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Former South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen will lead out South Africa at Ellis Park for Saturday’s Test against New Zealand.

Former South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen will lead out South Africa at Ellis Park for Saturday’s Test against New Zealand.

The All Blacks met with the hugely admired former Springbok earlier this week and Sport24 have revealed that he will be play a key role in Johannesburg.

Van der Westhuizen suffers from Motor Neurone Disease and was diagnosed in 2011, when he was given between two and five years to live.

The presence of Van der Westhuizen, who won 89 caps for South Africa between 1993-2003, will no doubt increase the emotion of a huge Test match between the top two sides in the world.

Van der Westhuizen was a World Cup winner in 1995 with the Springboks against the same opposition and at the same venue. He is regarded as one of the greatest scrum-halves of all time.

“I realise every day could be my last,” Joost told BBC Sport in 2013.

“It’s been a rollercoaster from day one and I know I’m on a deathbed from now on.

“I’ve had my highs and I have had my lows, but no more. I’m a firm believer that there’s a bigger purpose in my life and I am very positive, very happy.”

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