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World Rugby chair remembers van der Westhuizen as ‘world-class rugby player’

Family, friends, the sport fraternity and fans gathered at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria on Friday to bid farewell to the rugby legend.

Bill Beaumont, President of World Rugby, pays tribute to late former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont says late Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen has left behind a great legacy of passion and integrity.

Family, friends, the sport fraternity and fans gathered at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria on Friday to bid farewell to the rugby legend.

Van der Westhuizen passed away after a six-year battle with motor neuron disease.

Beaumont says van der Westhuizen was one of a kind, adding that he left a great legacy of sportsmanship.

“He set the benchmark for the modern player. He leaves behind a great legacy of passion and integrity. He will continue to inspire others.”

WATCH: Joost van der Westhuizen's last Loftus visit