Former Springbok wing James Small, a member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad, has died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 50 on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a heart attack. His funeral will take place at The Deck at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, starting at 14h00 on Thursday, 18 July.
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.”
Small made his debut for the Springboks against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1992 and played 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.
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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, 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 played 71 matches, scoring 43 tries, for the Golden Lions and the Cats from 1988 to 1992 and again in 1998 and 1999. He was with the Sharks from 1993 to 1996 and played in 67 matches, scoring 48 tries (provincial and Vodacom Super Rugby), and he spent 1997 and the first part of 1998 with Western Province and the DHL Stormers, whom he represented 25 times, scoring 18 tries.
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).
The Springboks made 170 successful tackles - with Damian de Allende, Lood de Jager and Cheslin Kolbe leading the charge - as they eliminated Japan from the Rugby World Cup in their tough-as-nails quarter-final in Tokyo on Sunday.
A host of familiar and decorated Springbok Sevens players will depart for England on Monday where the Blitzboks will play in the Athlete Factory Sevens in Chester on Friday and Saturday.
The Springboks have turned their sights on Six Nations champions Wales after despatching Rugby World Cup hosts Japan (26-3) in Saturday’s ultimately comfortable quarter-final victory.
The Springboks outscored Japan by three tries to nil as they progressed to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a 26-3 win over Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
Ross Moriarty (replacement looseforward) scored a try with six minutes left as Wales snatched a thrilling comeback victory by 20-19 over 14-man France in Oita to book their place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
South Africa lost 19-14 to Kenya's Morans team in the final of the Tusker Safari Sevens at RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi after a slow start in the first half saw the visitors concede 19 points against the locals.
Follow the action as it happens all the way from Tokyo Stadium, where Japan take on the Springboks in the fourth and final Rugby World Cup quarter-final from 12h15 (SA time) on Sunday.
The Springboks will face Wales in the Rugby World Cup semi-final after booking their place in the top four of the international spectacle by defeating tournament hosts, Japan, 26-3 at the Tokyo Stadium in a
thrilling quarter-final on Sunday.
The Springboks produced a second half revival to clinch a place in the RWC semi-finals after a ‘nervous’ first 40 raised hopes for a packed home crowd of a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ which had seen Japan beat South Africa four years ago.
New Zealand underlined their status as the team to beat at this World Cup as the ruthless champions made light work of what was supposed to be the toughest of challenges against Ireland and roared into the semi-finals with a vintage display.
South Africa beat Burundi (61-0), Kenya's Morans (17-12) and Uganda (19-17) on the first day of the Tusker Safari Sevens in Kenya to finish the opening day undefeated.