South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, who was battling motor neurone disease has died. The 45-year-old former scrum-half, a Springboks captain who won the 1995 World Cup, was diagnosed with the condition in 2011. The incurable disease which damages parts of the nervous system left van der Westhuizen confined to a wheelchair, as he was given two to five years to live when he was diagnosed. Photograph: Getty Images

Joost van der Westhuizen was a giant of South African rugby and one of the best scrum-halves of all time. His death at the age of 45 from motor neuro(...)