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IN PICTURES: The life of Joost van der Westhuizen

06 February 2017 - 16:54 By TimesLIVE
Springbok scrumhalf Joost Van Der Westhuizen passes the ball during the opening World Cup match against Australia at Newlands, Cape Town. South Africa won 27-18
Springbok scrumhalf Joost Van Der Westhuizen passes the ball during the opening World Cup match against Australia at Newlands, Cape Town. South Africa won 27-18

Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday in Johannesburg, after a six year long battle against motor neuron disease (MND).

Van der Westhuizen represented his country 89 times during a decade-long career starting in 1993. TimesLIVE has compiled this timeline of the rugby legends life:

1971 - Born, February, 20

1977 - starts primary school at Laerskool Derdepoort

1980 July 12 - Attends first Springbok Test at Loftus when Boks lost 13-17 British & Irish Lions

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1983 - starts High School at FH Odendaal, excels at athletics and rugby

1987 - influential in guiding FH Odendaal to its first Administrators Cup final. They lose 18-14 to Hugenote from Springs. Hugenote contain future Springboks Japie Mulder and Chris Rossouw. With Van der Westhuizen there are three future 1995 World Cup winners in the match.

1989-92 - plays for Tukkies.

1992 March - makes provincial debut for Northern Transvaal against Transvaal in a ‘Night Series’ friendly.

1992 April - first-class debut for Northern Transvaal against Eastern Transvaal.

1992 May - makes Currie Cup debut against Transvaal

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1992 August - plays for Junior Springboks against the touring All Blacks

1993 April - represents Bok sevens at the World Cup in Edinburgh

1993 May - makes Super 10 debut for Northern Transvaal

1993 June/July - unused substitute for the Springboks in both Tests against the touring French


1993 July - Makes Bok debut against Western Australia in Perth, scoring four tries

1993  October - makes Test debut against Argentina and scores a try


1995  June - influential as Boks win World Cup on home soil

1995 November - marries first wife Marlene Terblanche

1997/98 - Boks win 17 Tests in a row, Joost plays in 14 of those matches

1998 - wins first Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls.


1999 - becomes Bok captain and leads them to the World Cup -October 2002, captain’s Blue Bulls to Currie Cup title



2002 - October marries singer Amor Vittone


2003 - plays in his third World Cup before retiring


2009 - video emerges of a man having sex with a woman in film, there are claims it’s Joost. He denies.

2009 - Joost admits he was the man in the video.

2011 - Diagnosed with MND

2015 -inducted in Rugby Hall of Fame


2017 - Dies age 45