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James Small, former Springbok, dies aged 50

Posted By Marilynh / July 10, 2019 / 1 Comment

RIP James Small – former Springbok wing and legend,
and one of the heroes of the 1995 Rugby World Cup,
dies at far too young an age.


James Small


James Small, former Springbok, died on Wednesday after reportedly suffering a heart attack.  He was only 50 years old. 

Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President, has passed on his sincerest condolences to Small’s family and friends.  A statement released by SA Rugby stated that Small suffered a suspected heart attack on Tuesday night, and was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg.

James Small will always be remembered for his role in the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad 1995, when the Springbok team won on home soil.  He played with great passion and a courage that is symbolic of a Springbok rugby player.  Small played 47 tests and scored 20 tries during his career with the Springboks between 1992 and 1997.  He represented the Lions (previously Transvaal), Sharks and Western Province at provincial level.

YEI sends their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of James Small.

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One Comment

  • Claudia Benade
    July 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This is a shock….the man was thus the same age as my son….This is so sad.

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