Joost was a warrior both on and off the rugby field and represented our country with distinction on the international circuit.  That same character and tenacity that saw him become one of our greatest players, was evident in his brave fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Gary Teichmann, The Sharks CEO was fortunate to have played with and known Joost.

Commenting on their relationship, Gary said:  “Joost was a great team man and was an outstanding ambassador for South African rugby.  I will always cherish the memories we shared both on and off the field.

“Our sincere condolences are extended to the entire van der Westhuizen family on the loss of a son, brother, husband and father.”

Rest in peace Joost.