Joost Van der Westhuizen: I'm not on oxygen machine

The former Springbok captain indicated on Twitter he is not on an oxygen machine as was reported.

Former Sprinbok captain Francois Pienaar assists former teammate flyhalf Joost van der Westhuizen (Front) during a re-enactement of the team photo from the 1995 Rugby World cup victory on June 24, 2015. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – Former Springbok scrumhalf Joost Van der Westhuizen has taken to Twitter to allay fears about his health.

Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2011 and has, through his J9 Foundation, raised considerable awareness around it.

He's indicated on Twitter he is not on an oxygen machine as was reported.

The reports led to concerns his condition was deteriorating.

Van der Westhuizen has thanked everyone for caring about his health status and has assured followers that he is fine and going strong.

The former Blue Bulls stalwart played 89 Tests for South Africa and scored 38 tries for the Springboks.

The Health Department has joined forces with the former Bok to launch a motor neuron disease clinic.

The Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration was to be officially opened on Friday, but the event was postponed.