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Post by Knackeredknees on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:42 pm

Passed away on Saturday, one of the all time great no9s to play the game and a fighter and gentleman to the end.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:44 pm

The word legend is spouted about willy nilly these days.

But Joost was definitely a legitimate one! RIP...what a player !

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Post by propdavid_london on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:44 pm

That is sad news - I heard he was in hospital. RIP one of the all time greatest no.9's

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:46 pm

45 years old. What can you say?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:46 pm

Real shame.

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Post by majesticimperialman on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:46 pm

A sad, sad, loss. One of if not the best scrum half of his generation.

Rest in peace Joost. rest in peace.

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:51 pm

He had a hard old battle and I mean of the mind - you could see it in his eyes whenever I saw him on video. What a terrible affliction for anyone to be placed in such a prison and he certainly suffered through his time.

He's at peace now.

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 12:52 pm

Terrible disease. One of my favourite players ever (top 5). Best scrum half of all time IMO. RIP.

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Post by LuvSports! on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 1:15 pm

So sad to see physical specimens reduced to this, ala Ali.
Fantastic player who scored 38 tries!
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Post by tigertattie on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 1:18 pm

Absolute great player. Such a shame that he is gone but his suffering is at least at an end now!

Best wishes to his family and I hope they look back on the life Joost had before this debilitating condition.
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Post by RuggerRadge2611 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 1:19 pm

Dreadfully sad news, if not unexpected. A true great of the game.
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Post by eirebilly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 1:26 pm

RIP Joost rose
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Post by rodders on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 2:09 pm

RIP - One of the great scrum halves of all time.

His tackle on Jonah Lomu was one of the iconic moments of the 1995 RWC, how sad that they both are gone now.
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Post by No9 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 3:20 pm

Cant really add anything to that already said...

RIP...

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Post by Mr Bounce on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 5:13 pm

It is indeed extremely sad Crying or Very sad Fantastic player & a true legend of the game. Surely he's now in the upstairs team of world-beaters with big Jonah. RIP

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Post by Gwlad on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 6:52 pm

At least 3 dead from that final now….life really is too short. Young super fit men and 20 years on 3 of them dead.

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Post by kingelderfield on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 7:11 pm

There was a time in the 90's when I thought he was the best player in the world.
Flint sharp eyes.

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Post by TightHEAD on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 10:05 am

One of the games greats.
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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 10:08 am

kingelderfield wrote:There was a time in the 90's when I thought he was the best player in the world.
Flint sharp eyes.

He probably was.

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Post by Gwlad on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 7:10 pm

Watched a documentary that said at least 5 SA players have versions of the disease which JVW indicated has been tentatively linked to blue algae?

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Post by RiscaGame on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 10:12 pm

Really sad news.

That last post is very sad too.

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Post by doctor_grey on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 5:27 am

ALS is one of the real sh!t diseases on this planet. It slowly eats away at its victims, debilitating them physically and is virtual torture for the mind and soul. It let's its victims know life will be cut short and will become increasingly worse.

I am always amazed and so incredibly proud of each and every victim who fights the fight every day to show they will not give in to ALS. Joost was one of those and proved once again true courage comes when one is alone with his fate knowing they cannot win, but yet, still refuse to lose.

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Post by Winzer on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 4:29 pm

One of the greatest scrum-halves I've seen. Very sad to hear.

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