Joost van der Westhuizen is in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital
The former scrum-half won the World Cup in 1995 with the Springboks
He has been battling motor neurone disease since 2011.
Former Springbok scrum-half Joost van der Wesethuizen has been rushed to hospital and is in a critical condition, his J9 Foundation confirmed Saturday.
The Foundation asked that Joost and his family’s privacy be respected.
Van der Westhuizen, who has been fighting motor neuron disease since 2011, played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.
As well as lifting the trophy in 95, Van der Westhuizen also played at the 1999 and 2003 editions of the World Cup.
He spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls before retiring in 2003.