Rugby commentator and former Springbok flyhalf Naas Botha has paid tribute to Joost van der Westhuizen, who lost his six-year-long battle to motor neuron disease.
Botha says that van der Westhuizen shined the spotlight on a debilitating condition which needs more awareness.
I think a l lot of people will definitely understand the sickness a lot better now.— Naas Botha, Legendary former Springbok flyhalf
We knew it was going to happen, but it is still a sad day. We were very fortunate.— Naas Botha, Legendary former Springbok flyhalf
He says van der Westhuizen was a phenomenal rugby player for both the Blue Bulls and Springbok.
According to Botha, van der Westhuizen's biggest achievement was winning South Africa its first Rugby World Cup Final in 1995 - and remaining on top form for over a decade after that.
In every single game he played, there was always something to talk about in terms of what Joost did to change the game.— Naas Botha, Legendary former Springbok flyhalf
He was one of the best ruby players the country will ever produce.— Naas Botha, Legendary former Springbok flyhalf
Take a listen to Naas Botha's touching words:
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