IN PICTURES: The life of Joost van der Westhuizen
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