Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Springbok World Cup victor James Small dies aged 50

James Small Former South Africa winger James Small scored 20 tries in 47 Tests for his country
Shannon Reynolds | 12 July, 2019, 18:29

Former Springboks wing, James Small, has been described as a person who was "lager than life".

It's understood he suffered a heart attack and died at a Johannesburg hospital on Wednesday.

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen branded Small his childhood "rugby hero", while World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper also added his condolences.

THE Cell C Sharks has joined the rest of the South African rugby fraternity in mourning the sudden loss of Springboks stalwart, James Small.

'Our honest condolences are extended to his children and the entire Small family on their sad loss'.

Small played 47 Tests for South Africa between 1992 and 1997, and was a part of the Springboks team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

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Tributes for Small have poured in from all over the sports world and society at large.

He scored 20 Test tries, the last in his final match for the Springboks, against Scotland.

"He played with extraordinary passion and commitment, for he knew that every time he walked on to the field, he carried the hopes of the nation on his shoulders".

Ruben Kruger died of brain cancer in 2010, while Joost van Der Westhuizen died of motor neuron disease in 2017.

"The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire sporting world".

In recent years, Small turned to coaching, and assisted Robert du Preez at NWU-Pukke and the Leopards before joining Pirates in Johannesburg as assistant coach.

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