Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Van der Westhuizen critically ill


The family says they have been distressed by false reports of Joost's death.

His J9 Foundation released an update on his condition on Sunday, saying Van der Westhuizen was "putting up an incredible fight".

Van der Westhuizen, a member of the iconic 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok side, was diagnosed with the debilitating illness in 2011.

"He really is our Superman!" the foundation said.

The Bok legend has been battling motor neuron disease for more than five years.

Former Bok captain Joost van der Westhuizen is still in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital early on Saturday morning.

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He is now confined to a wheelchair.

"The family and friends of Joost ask that you all pray for Joost".

The Springboks star, 45, was rushed to hospital today, where his condition is said to be life-threatening.

His family has asked supporters to keep him in their prayers, and to respect their time together, at the moment.

He played in his first of three World Cups in 1995 when the Springboks beat New Zealand in the final, and won the Tri-Nations Championship in 1998.

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