Hallelujah…Samoa Team Surprise Joost with Hymn

The Samoa rugby team surprised South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen over the weekend with a rendition of a special Samoan hymn.

Samoan rugby team meet Joost
Joost uploaded this photo of the special occasion to his Twitter page.

The team, who will play the Springboks on Saturday 26 September in the Rugby World Cup, uploaded a video of the occasion to their facebook page on Saturday saying: “Totally humbling experience to meet Springboks legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen in Brighton today. This man does not let Motor Neuron Disease define him or stop him living life to the fullest. This hymn seemed right for the occasion.”

Joost thanked the team on Twitter for the surprise visit and added that he felt “incredibly blessed to be a part of the int #rugbyfamily.”

Totally humbling experience to meet Springboks legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen in Brighton today. This man does not let Motor Neuron Disease define him or stop him living life to the fullest. This hymn seemed right for the occasion.

Posted by Manu Samoa on Saturday, September 19, 2015

According to a comment on the facebook page, here’s a translation of the hymn:

Thank You Lord,
Whom we come from.
Because He loves,
each and every one of us.

Sing! Sing!
Hallelujah! Thankyou!
Sing! Sing!
Hallelujah! Thankyou!

Thank You for Your Son Jesus,
Who came from the Heavens above!
A shield for all our burdens and troubles.

Sing! Sing!
Hallelujah! Thankyou!
Sing! Sing!
Hellelujah! Thankyou!

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If you’re in the area, head along to La’Wiida Lodge to watch the match…and support the J9 Foundation:

Samoa vs South Africa

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Watch Jonah Lomu visit Joost van der Westhuizen in South Africa.