Sunday 23 July 2017

Joost and Dr Arthur will be sorely missed

Joost van der Westhuizen. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Joost van der Westhuizen. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

David Wallace

In what was another sad week for rugby, we said goodbye to South African legend Joost van der Westhuizen, and closer to home the very much respected Dr Arthur Tanner.

It has been a rough few months with Axel gone but not forgotten. Unfortunately, we bid farewell to another legend, Joos van der Westhuizen, who was an iconic figure for the Springboks, and another gentleman of the game.

The former South African scrum-half had been battling against Motor Neurone disease for a long time, but it didn't make it any easier to hear that the former South Africa captain, who was just 45, had passed away earlier this week.

It puts everything into perspective when you see the pain and suffering that he and his family went through and my condolences go out to them.

Our former strength and conditioning coach Paul Derbyshire also succumbed to same horrible illness a few years ago, and this brings back sad memories for us.

Dr Arthur Tanner was the Old Wesley, Leinster and Ireland doctor for a long time. I would have dealt with him through that and the respect and fondness which everyone held him in was clear.

Dr Tanner is another huge loss to the game. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Irish Independent

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