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Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Springbok rugby scrum-half and captain, is born

Saturday, 20 February 1971
Former rugby player Joost van Der Westhuizen was born 20 February 1971. Van Der Westhuizen was at the height of his career during the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s. He played in the 1995, 1999 and 2003 rugby world cups. He retired from professional rugby after the 2003 world cup. At 89 caps, he held the record for the most capped springbok of all time at the time of his retirement, and had scored 38 tries. ..
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