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Joost van der Westhuizen
South Africa
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Full name Joost Heystek van der Westhuizen
Born February 20, 1971, Pretoria
Current age 43 years 158 days
Major teams Blue Bulls, Bulls, South Africa
Position Scrum-half
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 196 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1993-2003 89 78 11 190 38 0 0 0 60 28 1 67.97
IRB Rugby World Cup 1995-2003 15 13 2 30 6 0 0 0 12 3 0 80.00
The Rugby Championship 1996-2003 23 19 4 20 4 0 0 0 9 13 1 41.30

Career statistics
Test debut Argentina v South Africa at Buenos Aires, Nov 6, 1993 match details
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Melbourne, Nov 8, 2003 match details
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Profile

Regarded as one of the greatest scrum-halves the game has ever seen, Van der Westhuizen was capped a total of 89 times during a 10-year international career and was a key member of the Springboks side that lifted the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

His outstanding service to the Springboks included a total of three Rugby World Cups and he was given the honour of leading his country into the 1999 showpiece. He retired from international rugby as the most capped Springbok of all time - a record that has since been passed by Percy Montgomery, John Smit and Victor Matfield. The no-nonsense No.9 also crossed for a record 38 Test tries in his career - a mark he now shares with winger Bryan Habana.

He played his provincial for the Northern Transvaal, later re-named the Blue Bulls, and captained them to the Currie Cup crown in 1998 and 2002. He also starred for the Bulls on the Super Rugby stage before a succession of injuries forced him into retirement in the wake of the 2003 World Cup.

He later joined Supersport as a commentator but parted company with the broadcaster after becoming embroiled in a sex and drugs video scandal - a charge he initially denied before confirming in his headline-grabbing autobiography - The Man in the Mirror. The scandal would also lead to the breakdown of his high-profile marriage to Afrikaans media personality Amor Vittone.

Van der Westhuizen suffered a suspected heart attack in 2009 and in a further blow to his health he was provisionally diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011.

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Oct 6, 2012
Former Springboks international Joost van der Westhuizen
Former Springboks international Joost van der Westhuizen
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Feb 4, 2010
Former Springboks scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen and his wife Amor
Former Springboks scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen and his wife Amor
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Nov 1, 2003
South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen
South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen
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Oct 11, 2003
Joost van der Westhuizen crosses to score against Uruguay
Joost van der Westhuizen crosses to score against Uruguay
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