TIMELINE: Joost van der Westhuizen's life
Tiso Black Star Group Sport has compiled this timeline of the former Springbok captain’s life:
-Born‚ February‚ 20‚ 1971.
-1977 – starts primary school at Laerskool Derdepoort.
-July 12‚ 1980 – attends first Springbok Test at Loftus when Boks lost 13-17 British & Irish Lions.
-1983‚ starts High School at FH Odendaal‚ excels at athletics and rugby.
-1987‚ influential in guiding FH Odendaal to its first Administrators Cup final. They lose 18-14 to Hugenote from Springs. Hugenote contain future Springboks Japie Mulder and Chris Rossouw. With Van der Westhuizen there are three future 1995 World Cup winners in the match.
-1989-92‚ plays for Tukkies.
- March 1992‚ makes provincial debut for Northern Transvaal against Transvaal in a ‘Night Series’ friendly.
-April 1992‚ first-class debut for Northern Transvaal against Eastern Transvaal.
-May 1992‚ makes Currie Cup debut against Transvaal.
-August 1992‚ plays for Junior Springboks against the touring All Blacks.
-April 1993‚ represents Bok sevens at the World Cup in Edinburgh.
-May 1993‚ makes Super 10 debut for Northern Transvaal -June/July 1993‚ unused substitute for the Springboks in both Tests against the touring French.
-July 1993‚ makes Bok debut against Western Australia in Perth‚ scoring four tries.
-October 1993‚ makes Test debut against Argentina and scores a try.
-June 1995‚ influential as Boks win World Cup on home soil.
-November 1995‚ marries first wife‚ Marlene Terblanche.
-1997/98 Boks win 17 Tests in a row‚ Joost plays in 14 of those matches.
-1998‚ wins first Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls.
-1999‚ becomes Bok captain and leads them to the World Cup.
2001‚ divorces Marlene Terblanche.
-October 2002‚ captain’s Blue Bulls to Currie Cup title.
-October 2002‚ marries singer Amor Vittone.
-2003‚ plays in his third World Cup before retiring.
-2009‚ video emerges of a man having sex with a woman in film‚ there are claims it’s Joost. He denies these claims.
-2009‚ Joost admits he was the man in the video.
-2011‚ diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND).
-2012‚ divorced from Amor Vittone.
-2015‚ inducted in Rugby Hall of Fame.
-2017‚ Dies age 45.
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