ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Jul 10, 2019

Springbok World Cup winning icon James Small has died suddenly, aged 50

Former Springbok wing James Small, a member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad, has died suddenly from a heart attack. The 50-year-old Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

ADVERTISEMENT

A prolific high school athlete and brilliant rugby player, Small was one of a few rare cases in South Africa who went on to make it to the top from a co-ed high school, Greenside High.

His rise was rapid, making his debut for the Springboks against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1992 and going on to play in 47 Tests until 1997. He scored 20 Test tries, with the last of those in his final match in the Green and Gold, against Scotland – a try which, at that stage, broke Danie Gerber’s Test record.

In total, Small donned the Green and Gold 60 times, scoring 27 tries. He played Tests against New Zealand, Australia, Western Samoa, Fiji, France, Italy, Romania, England, Scotland, Argentina and the British & Irish Lions.

In his provincial career, Small played for the Golden Lions (then Transvaal), Sharks (then Natal) and Western Province, appearing in Currie Cup finals for all three sides and lifting the coveted golden cup in the colours of the Sharks and WP, but never with the Golden Lions.

Small was also hugely famous for being the winger tasked with marking Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Lomu too, is no longer with us.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, passed on his condolences to Small’s family and friends.

“James, as a member of the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad from 1995, will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing,” said Mr Alexander. “He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way.

“At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”

ADVERTISEMENT

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.

Small is the fourth member of the Springbok squad from 1995 to pass away, after Kitch Christie (coach), Ruben Kruger (flank) and Joost van der Westhuizen (scrumhalf).

May he rest in peace.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    RFU make decision on transgender players...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he gets too close to the action

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Christian Wade proves he still has the X-factor with 50 metre mazy finish for Racing 92

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Magical sevens try leaves defender stuck in the mud

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    George Ford falls victim to the kickers curse

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome scenes as Blitzbok fan throws down at the HSBC SVNS

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

View All

Amateur

  • 67 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 67 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Kyle Rowe’s remarkable journey from an Amazon warehouse to the international stage

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Bath Rugby bolster squad with another young signing

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    How Jordie Barrett could fit into the Leinster system

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Statement: Ken Owens forced to retire with immediate effect

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Statement: Finn Russell injury update

View All