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Never auto play After an international rivalry that spanned eight years, former All Black halfback Justin Marshall admits it was difficult watching the deterioration of great friend and adversary Joost van der Westhuizen over the past six years. The great South African half has finally succumbed to motor neurond disease, passing away in Johannesburg at the age of 45. Marshall, now a SKY Sport commentator, matched up against van der Westhuizen many times during the early years of professional rugby in the late 1990s and continued that relationship off-field, as the Springbok legend battled to raise money and awareness for the illness that would inevitably claim his life. "Joost got myself and [Australian halfback] George Gregan over during the early stages, but we both went over there just under two years ago for more personal reasons," he told Radio Sport Breakfast. "Yes, he was raising money for his charity, but Joost just wanted to spend some time with us, so we went out to a bit of a lodge just outside Johannesburg and spent two or three days with him. "In the early stages, he was OK, but two years ago, he was confined to a wheelchair, struggling to hold his head and needed a neck brace. "Things weren't looking that great at that stage and it was really difficult to see him like that, when we knew what he was like as a player on the rugby field. Both George and I were pleased we went over and had that great opportunity to spend some personal time with him. Continued below.
Related Content Springbok great Joost van der Westhuizen dies, aged 45 Video Archive: Joost van der Westhuizen - Glory Game Rugby referee Nigel Owens asked if he could be chemically castrated "Throughout the period that Joost had his motor neurone and he was doing a wonderful job with his J9 foundation ... that again was typical of the man that he didn't put himself first." Over his 10-year Springbok career, van der Westhuizen played 89 tests, helping his team to victory at the 1995 World Cup over New Zealand and the 1998 Tri-Nations. He contested three World Cups, and was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame and World Rugby Half of Fame. One of the most iconic images of his career was his tackle on a rampaging Jonah Lomu during that historic 1995 World Cup final. Both are now gone within 15 months of each other. More RugbyStats CentreFixtures and ResultsAll BlacksDream Team Tipping Van der Westhuizen was first diagnosed with motor neurone in 2011 and given only months to survive. "He had quite an aggressive form of the disease, however he fought and battled for six years, which not only typified him as a person, but also the type of rugby player and fighter he was," reflected Marshall. "He was the ultimate competitor ... not many scrumhalves aren't, I guess. "Joost just had a quiet determination about him. He wasn't as vocal as the likes of George Gregan or Matt Dawson when I was playing against him. "He just had an ability, on the flip of a coin, to change a game. Joost could have moments in games where he was off and not only quiet, he would make the odd mistake. "But that didn't happen over a continuous period of 80 minutes, all of a sudden, through a 20-minute period, he could change the game on his own. A player like that was someone you could never underestimate, was always dangerous." Marshall claimed that van der Westhuizen was, at his peak, the best rugby player on the planet. "Players like that don't come along very often," he said. "I always felt, when he was on the field, even if we were up by 20 points ... "I remember a game in Durban, where we were dominating the game, but he was the catalyst for turning the game around and we ended up losing on a controversial try. Joost vanwesthuizen in 20 minutes of that game, that's what the man was all about." - NZ Herald Email Print Get the news delivered straight to your inbox Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter SIGN UP NOW 00 days 00 hours 00 minutes -- V. view match -- -- Loading Loading Coffee Run - Super Bowl Marc and Scotty discuss the Super Bowl and Mark Whalberg NZH Focus: Joost van der Westhuizen remembered EP. NZH Focus: Motorway Girl reunited with rescuer EP. watchme.co.nz » Stats provided by Opta Herald Services Book your ad Driven Photos for sale True Commercial Death Notices Public Notices Our Regional News Stories The Northern Advocate Life all wind and bum notes Well, just two weeks have passed and we're still here. Still here despite a stranger… Hawke's Bay Today Mountain biker plummets down cliff A mountain biker skidded off a mountain bike track and fell down a 50m cliff at Te Mata… Bay of Plenty Times Ditch the car tomorrow, go by bike Tomorrow is national Go By Bike Day - where residents are encouraged to ditch the car… Our Features' Top Stories Driven Toyota, Suzuki to work together in green, safety technology The two companies will work explore how they can share technology and components... Viva Win a Lonely lingerie set Two lucky winners will receive a set of their choice from Lonely Lingerie's new range Bite Broccoli, brown rice and cashew salad This broccoli salad, with its rice and nuts, is a complete meal and one I serve regularly… More from us Social and Platforms Facebook Twitter Google+ Youtube Instagram RSS Email Mobile Contact the site Contact the newsroom - newspaper Contact the newsroom - digital Send pics, video and tips Help & Support Feedback Advertising Advertise with NZME. Print advertising Online Classified advertising Other Photo sales Subscriber services Promotions Sponsorship About us Our publications Search Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Competition Terms & Conditions View on our: Mobile Site © Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 07 Feb 2017 23:02:19 Processing Time: 19ms
 

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