Joost feeling better

Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen speaks to keo.co.za from his hospital bed.

Van der Westhuizen was playing in a Legends match for the South Africa against Australia on Tuesday when he took a heavy knock on the head while attempting a tackle.

“Apart from my knee injuries this is without a doubt the worst rugby injury of my career,” van der Westhuizen told keo.co.za from the hospital.

“I hit the guy from the front, straight on and got a knee on my head,” he said, clearly still a little shaken from the event. “I felt it immediately, but it was only the next day that I woke up and felt nauseous and had a migraine.”

Van der Westhuizen is currently still in hospital, where doctors are monitoring hs progress closely. “I’m actually waiting for the doctor as we speak. But I’m feeling much better. They said I would probably have to stay in for four days, but I think I might be out this afternoon.”

Apart from swelling on the brain caused by the severe knock, the former Blue Bulls stalwart also damaged discs in his neck.

By Andrew Hollely