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Heartwarming Video: Jonah Lomu fights back tears meeting Joost van der Westhuizen in South Africa

One of the most searched for rugby videos on youtube is the one below, when New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu went to South Africa and visited his rival and close friend, Springbok player Joost.

Jonah Lomu passed away in November 2015. Joost van der Westhuizen then died in 2017.

Watch the wonderful video below of the rapport between the two great men.

The video is an excerpt from Jonah Lomu’s documentary “Back to South Africa”. The documentary was filmed 20 years after the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and follows global rugby star Lomu’s return to South Africa, where it began, to meet up with old and new friends.

At one point the former All Blacks player Jonah Lomu says to the former Springbok player: “You know what, the most satisfying thing is that I can call you a friend.”

We hope the two friends are playing rugby in heaven tonight…

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