SOUTH AFRICA - UNDATED: Joost van der Westhuizen of the Springboks playing rugby in South Africa (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)SOUTH AFRICA – UNDATED: Joost van der Westhuizen of the Springboks playing rugby in South Africa (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

The Rugby World Cup has paid tribute to Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen, who have have turned 50 on Saturday.

Van der Westhuizen, considered one of the great scrumhalves to have played the game, died on February 6, 2017 at the age of 45 having lost his battle against motor neuron disease.

His death was mourned by the entire rugby community at the time and now, over four years later, the life of the former Springbok captain is still being celebrated

The post labelled Van der Westhuizen an “innovator”, a “champion” and an “inspiration”.

Van der Westhuizen played 89 Tests for the Springboks.

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