Tributes to South Africa’s rugby hero, Joost van der Westhuizen, were paid at all Six Nations’ Championship matches in Round Two of 2017 – with a minute’s applause in Cardiff, Rome and Paris.
The organisers said the tribute was to mark “the passing of the great South African scrum-half”, and called him a “rugby legend”.
The video below features footage from all three venues – Wales, Italy and France. The former two took place yesterday – Wales vs England and Ireland vs Italy; whilst the France vs Scotland match took place Sunday.
Tributes to Joost van der Westhuizen at all Round Two matches, Six Nations
At today’s match in Paris, at Stade de France, tribute was also paid to former All Blacks loose forward Sione Lauaki who tragically passed away this weekend at the age of 35. He had been on dialysis recently, following a diagnosis of renal failure and cardiovascular problems five years ago.
The thoughts of everyone are with the family of Sione Lauaki. Sione played 17 Tests from 2005-2008. AB#1055. Gone too soon. RIP, Wax. pic.twitter.com/7dfSxqyqvy
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) February 11, 2017
Damn. It's a sad day today, rest easy dox @SioneLauaki 💔
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) February 11, 2017