Loss of rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen
7 February 2017
We were saddened to hear that South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen has passed away from MND.
Joost van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with MND in 2011. When he retired from international rugby in 2003, Joost was the most capped South African player, with 89 Test caps and 38 Test tries, a record only recently broken.
Following his diagnosis, the former scrum-half set up the J9 Foundation, which provides support and care to MND sufferers, their families and carers.
In 2013 Joost and the J9 Foundation visited the Anne Rowling Clinic, where the visitors met with some of our research colleagues from the Euan MacDonald Centre and the MacDonald family, fostering partnerships between Scotland and South Africa.