Rugby legend joints hunt for motor neurone cure

Joost van der Westhuizen aids motor neurone research.Picture: Comp

Joost van der Westhuizen aids motor neurone research.Picture: Comp

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A WORLD CUP-winning rugby star diagnosed with motor ­neurone disease has joined Edinburgh experts in the hunt for a cure.

South African Joost van der Westhuizen – part of the victorious Springboks team of 1995 – launched a new collaboration with scientists from Edinburgh University yesterday.

The partnership will see members and supporters of the player’s J9 Foundation meet experts from the University’s Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research to discuss recent breakthroughs.

The rugby legend said: “We are not only raising awareness and funds – for the first time we are bringing international research partnerships home.”