Joost van der Westhuizen in "critical condition"

Toby Graves
February 4, 2017

Ex-Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Saturday.

Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2011 and has been fighting against the disease ever since.

A deterioration in the 45-year-old's condition resulted in his admission to hospital on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the J9 Foundation, which he set up to help MND sufferers. "However, we will keep posting with the correct details", the J9 Foundation posted on their Facebook page.

Van der Westhuizen is regarded as one of the finest scrum-halves in rugby history and won 89 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003, scoring 38 tries.

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What are your fondest memories of Joost van der Westhuizen? "He was taken to hospital earlier today and is in a critical condition‚" the post read.

"Joost and his family appreciate the nation's support, love and prayers".

The Foundation asked that Joost and his family's privacy be respected.

It asked that Van der Westhuizen and his family be respected during this hard time.

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