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    Tribute event in aid of stricken Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen


    The Former scrum-half, who is battling against motor neurone disease, was in Cardiff for Saturday’s international between Wales and South Africa


    Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen was the guest of honour at a charity dinner in his aid at the Arms Park in Cardiff.


    And to mark his presence, a special event was arranged to raise funds for him and his charity foundation J9.


    Nine former Cardiff scrum-halves – Gareth Edwards, Rob Howley, Terry Holmes, Robert Jones, Brynmor Williams, Gareth Cooper, Andy Moore, Paul John and Andy Booth – all welcomed him to the Arms Park for what was an emotional and memorable event.


    Van der Westhuizen won 89 caps for South Africa between 1993 and 2003, lifting the World Cup in Johannesburg in 1995.


    He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011, when he was given between two and five years to live.


    The 42-year-old is confined to a wheelchair and struggles with his speech, but continues to battle bravely against the disease.


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    The event appeared on BBC Wales Scrum V. This is well worth watching, as this guy is an absolute legend of the game. His fight with Motor Neurone disease shows the courage of this guy. Utmost respect for him, and others who are faced with this terrible illness.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/24890861
    Last edited by Owain; 11th-November-2013, 22:05.
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    #2
    Just seen it on BBC iplayer. What a devastating disease, and what a courageous man

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      I am the million man.

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        #4
        So sad to see such a glorious athlete stricken by this evil disease. The guts of the man to fight this fight in public to help raise awareness.

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          #5
          ‘Humbling’ moment as Samoa squad sing hymn for terminally ill Joost van der Westhuizen

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=18&v=kj9AsZtchGc

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            #6
            http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/38867404

            Seems that Joost has taken a turn for the worst.
            Awesome player in his heyday.
            Sending positive vibes to him, his family, and friends at this time.

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              #7
              Terrible news to hear, prayers go out to his family tonight.
              The Maul is Back!! LONG LIVE THE MAUL!!

              Stringer is bigger even than his own immense shadow. Pound for pound, he is the best tackler in the world. If you put him into bag of cats he\'d come out without a scratch. He was hit very late for Murphy\'s try. And when he got up, as we knew he would, the crowd cried his name as if he had just fixed the economy.Billy Keane-After Munster\'s famous loss to the AB\'s.

              The Bull-Truly irreplaceable, a mountain of a man. 100 caps!!

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                #8
                Probably the best scrum half ever. Hope he pulls through.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Viigand View Post
                  Probably the best scrum half ever. Hope he pulls through.
                  Unfortunately, there is no good outcome with MND, a dreadful, dreadful disease.
                  "We are going to hope to keep improving the environment in Munster. It’s about improving and setting standards where players and coaches can improve. Hopefully we can offer that more than just money.” Johann Van Graan 20/12/2017

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                    #10
                    He has passed away.
                    May he rest in peace.

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                      #11
                      RIP. Terrible news.

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                        #12
                        Really sad news. 45 is no age to go.
                        Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
                        The Maul is Back!! LONG LIVE THE MAUL!!

                        Stringer is bigger even than his own immense shadow. Pound for pound, he is the best tackler in the world. If you put him into bag of cats he\'d come out without a scratch. He was hit very late for Murphy\'s try. And when he got up, as we knew he would, the crowd cried his name as if he had just fixed the economy.Billy Keane-After Munster\'s famous loss to the AB\'s.

                        The Bull-Truly irreplaceable, a mountain of a man. 100 caps!!

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                          #13
                          Having seen someone close to me die of MND, it truly is the most horrific disease you can get.

                          May he RIP.
                          Please support Milford Hospice. Click here to donate.

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                            #14
                            May he rest in peace. A legend as a player and a great man in how he how he lived with the horrible disease and helped promote and raise money for fighting it .
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                              #15
                              Very sad news. Horrible way to go
                              "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                              Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                              Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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