Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
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Former South Africa World Cup winner Small dies aged 50

Former South Africa World Cup winner Small dies aged 50

Former Springbok legend James Small has tragically passed away at the age of 50.

The 50-year-old former Springbok winger passed away in a hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

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

Known for his aggressive style of play, Small was the first South African to be sent off in a Test after being shown a red card against Australia in 1993.

The African National Congress also shared a tribute to Small.


SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said he will have a "special place" in their "hearts and mind", adding: "James died too young, we're devastated to hear of his passing".

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

"The class of 1995 contributed enormously towards uniting the nation and displaying to the world South Africa's sporting prowess. You know you can't play it". Ruben Kruger died in 2010 following a long battle with brain cancer while Joost van der Westhuizen died after suffering from motor neurone disease in 2017.

In the final test match, he scored his 20th try, becoming the leading Springbok try scorer, eclipsing Danie Gerber's record.

"The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire sporting world". "Our honest condolences are extended to his children and the entire Small family on their sad loss", he said.

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