TIMELINE: Joost van der Westhuizen's life

South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen died in Johannesburg at the age of 45 on Monday‚ the J9 foundation confirmed.

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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