Former Springbok wing James Small dies

James Small

James Small

World Cup-winning Springbok wing James Small has passed away suddenly at the age of 50 from a suspected heart attack.

The 47-cap winger was part of the Springboks' victorious World Cup squad from 1995.

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

Small made his debut for the Springboks against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1992 and played in 47 Tests until 1997.

"At 50 years old, James Small died too young".

"James always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for", added Alexander.

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

Small would play in Currie Cup finals for each of the Golden Lions (then Transvaal), Sharks (then Natal) and Western Province.

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

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.

Small turned to coaching after the completion of his playing career, and assisted Robert du Preez at NWU-Pukke and the Leopards before joining Pirates in Johannesburg as assistant coach.

Most recently he was the owner of Café Caprice in Cape Town.

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