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The world of rugby mourned the recent death of South African great Joost van der Westhuizen who succumbed to motor neurone disease at age 45.  He played in three World Cups, most notably, the historic home win against the All Blacks in 1995, which provided the dramatic sports narrative for the movie "Invictus." He captained the national team in the 1999 RWC.

At six foot one, he was an unusually tall scrumhalf, but the height enabled him to shine on defense from ball carrying opposition flankers. He was famous for his dive pass, and also for blind side attacks.

He played in 89 Tests, scoring 38 tries a South African record until broken by Bryan Habana in 2011. In 2014, he was named to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.