What was said on Twitter after the Springbok legend passed away on Monday.
Great memories with our dear friend and team mate, laughing eyes even in the face of adversity! #RIPJoost we miss you already.
#RIPJoost what an amazing life my brother!! Your kids can be so very proud!! U were a footprint.. not a foot note… RIP cuz
@9Joost one of the best players in the world! It was a privilege to see him in action! Sterkte aan familie in die moeilike tyd! RIP #Legend
R. I. P. JOOST NOW YOU ARE PAIN FREE. PEACE LEGEND.
Joost Van Der Westhuizen. A guy I feared as an opponent, respected hugely as a player and will miss deeply as a very courageous human being.
He was one of the few non All Black players I adored. Such sad news! #RIPJoost
Such sad news hearing that this legend has passed. He fought a tough courageous fight against his illness. #RILJoost #ARugbyLegend
Sad day, a hero of every scrum half growing up. Lucky enough to have met him, warrior on and off the field. #RIPJoost
Was a pleasure sharing a dressing room with you,A warrior in every sense of the word,legend of the game,God Bless your fam,rus sag ou grote
Joost, you finished strong & kept fighting! Bigger impact after rugby in so many people’s lives! #RIP
So sad to hear of Joost passing a real fighter and inspiration on and off the field RIP Thoughts and prayers with his family
One of my childhood heroes! Joost finished STRONG- made a bigger impact in people’s lives after rugby fighting for his health!
Rugby has lost a true warrior today – #joostvanderwesthuizen – 1995 World Cup Final – Titanic Individual Performance. Rest in Peace.
A true great has gone today but will never be forgotten. #RIPJoost
I’m absolutely gutted! One of my heroes growing up! #RIPJoost
Rugby in Heaven just got way tougher… Rest in Peace Legend. #rip #AnotherLegendGotTheCallUp #Joost
RIP to a Legend!Thank you for all the fondest rugby memories. You will never be forgotten. People come and go but Legends live forever!
Sad day #RIPJoost
What a legend!! The rugby world has lost a true Champion!! #RIPJoost
RIP Joost van der Westhuizen. Childhood hero. Fought a tough battle right to the end! #RIPJoost #BokLegend
Non dimenticherò mai le tue partite… what a legend! #RIPJoost
RIP Joost @9Joost Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. True inspiration to all rugby players! #J9foundation
Extremely sad news to hear the passing of a Rugby legend @9Joost we had the honour of meeting him a few years back. RIP mate
AB DE VILLIERS
You will be missed! #RIPJoost
Never had the privilege of refereeing or meeting one of rugby’s greats. Very sad to hear of a legend taken so young. Deepest sympathy
Sad day for SA rugby. You will forever be a legend. RIP @9Joost
#RIPJoost. Condolences and prayers to the Van der Westhuizen family and his friends. #legend #rugbyfamily
Probably one of the greatest Boks ever and a close friend has lost his battle, rip my Buddy.
RIP #Joost! My hero as a boy growing up, wanting to be just like him! Sad day for world rugby! @9Joost @TheJ9Foundation
Sad day for SA as we mourn the loss of Springbok icon, Joost. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends #j9foundation #RIPJoost
Heart breaking to hear that Joost has passed away. A warrior and a gentleman. Let us not forget his spirit and his life. Vei Lomani xx
Very sad to hear @9Joost has passed away. A huge competitor and player. A hero to so many across the world. #RIPJoost
RIP Joost. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends.
RIP Joost you will always be in our hearts forever. Condolences to the Van Der westhuizen family and friends during this time of grief
A great friend has left us with an incredible legacy in rugby. Joost inspired on and off the field. Rest easy blue eyes…. #j9foundation
RIP Joost…one of the all time great players but will be remembered more for his courage and humility in his final years #legend
RIP Joost @9Joost. What a man, kept fighting right to the end! An inspiration to all rugby players from all countries!
So sad to hear the news of Joost vd Westhuisen. Rest in peace brother you battled hard.
Sad day as we mourn the loss of Springbok and Bulls icon, Joost. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends #RIPJoost
Thoughts and love with the family of Joost. Great man. #RIP.
Une légende #Springboks. #rip #joostvanderwesthuizen
Nothing more I can say that hasn’t been said .. A great Bok on the field and a legend during his greatest fight ! RIP champ ! #Joost
Rest in Peace Joost Heystek Van der Westhuizen. Springbok No 593:Played 89 Test, Total Bok Matches; 111. Test debut vs Arg 1993, Tries-39.
Rus en vrede Joost. Hartseer.
CAREL DU PREEZ
Salute to a legend! Rus in vrede ou grote.
South Africa is poorer without Joost van der Westhiuzen, a giant & warrior of SA rugby. I send my sincere condolences to his family.
RIP Joost van der Westhuizen. An incredible player and fighter to the end. The first of the new age 9’s.
Rip to a legend of the game. You are in a better place now. #J9 #RIP #BetterPlace
What a man what a player @9Joost !!! Boks best no9 and one of the all time greats to play the game. rip legend,we had some awesome time.
TOKS VAN DER LINDE
RIP LEGEND YOU WILL BE MISSED BUD #the best nr 9
Sad news abt the passing of former springbok Joost Van Der Westhuizen @Springboks
Very very sad to hear this, he was the ultimate player and competitor , thoughts with his family and @sarugby
Sorry to read about the passing of @9joost. Incredible player and true gent. #RIPJoost
Could never quite keep up with this legend on the field….RIP brother!
Very sad to hear of the passing of one of our greats. #joostvanderwesthuizen you faught a great fight.
RIP @9Joost #truelegend
#RIPJoost my thoughts go out to his family, friends and the many people whose lives he impacted.
RIP Joost van der Westhuizen, 45. One of the greatest players to ever grace the game of rugby & a courageous hero off the field too.
He was an amazing man. I had the great privilege & honour to meet him through my wonderful friend Gavin. Thoughts & prayers go to his family.
Rest well Champion. #RipJoost
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