Like the Americans are football crazy we are rugby crazy.

President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the late former Springbok captain and South African rugby legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, who passed away from motor neuron disease on Monday.

An aeroplane flew over Loftus Versfeld – its smoke forming the No 9 (the official number of a scrumhalf in the team) in the Pretoria sky as one of the city’s greatest sporting heroes was laid to rest.

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This was a ‘goodbye’ to a man that is largely considered to be one of the greatest scrumhalves in the history of the game.

Van der Westhuizen died on Monday after a long battle with motor neuron disease, but the atmosphere hovering over Loftus Versfeld on Friday suggested that his legacy will live on. The crowd was mostly dressed in Springbok jerseys and Blue Bull (the provincial team Joost played for) jerseys.

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I took all photos from the TV and decided to post those that did not receive media attention as I do feel they also deserve attention especially the police band.

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This fellow played the best rendition I have yet heard of The Last Post.

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(Foot note. The photos were taken off the TV, the camera was set to manual, shutter speed 1/40, apperture F4 and manual focus)

Enjoy a super day of rest.

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