When Joost tackled Lomu front on; it was a defining moment! - Jean de Villiers

For all South Africans; it [winning the 1995 World Cup] was a turning point in our history!

Jean de Villiers

Joost tackled Jonah Lomu front on. It was a defining moment in the game and a defining moment in South Africa’s history as well.

Jean de Villiers

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers after the passing of the legendary Joost van der Westhuizen.

The 45-year-old rugby legend, who suffered from motor neuron disease, was admitted to hospital on Saturday. He had been battling the disease since 2011.

Van der Westhuizen played 89 times for the Springboks, captaining them at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

It’s sad, but I think the fight that he showed is exactly the person who he was on the field as well.

Jean de Villiers

I played one game with him; a warmup prior to the 2003 World Cup.

Jean de Villiers

One of the greatest guys to don the Springbok jersey!

Jean de Villiers

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