Frail Joost fights on

Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen’s mind is as strong as ever but his muscle is rapidly deteriorating.

Van der Westhuizen did not take part in a parade that honoured Bulls players of the last 75 years and it was assumed his health didn’t allow for the strains and demands of the parade.

Van der Westhuizen, a 1995 World Cup winner, and one of South Africa’s most celebrated players, suffers from Motor Neuron Disease. He was diagnosed two years ago.

Rapport Newspaper showed images of Van der Westhuizen in a wheelchair and compared images of Van der Westhuizen in his prime as a Bok player to the frail image of today’s man struck down by illness.

Van der Westhuizen, despite the obvious tribulation, still communicates daily on his Twitter feed.