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James Small Biography – James Small Wiki
James Small was a South African rugby player who played on the wing for the Springboks.
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.
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. Small was the first South African to be sent off in a test following his dismissal against Australia in 1993.
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.
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.
James Small Age
James Small was born on 10 February 1969 in Cape Town, South Africa. He died on 10 July 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 50 years old.
James Small Wife
Small was married to an actress and model, Christina Storm.
James Small Children
James and his ex-wife Christina share a daughter, Ruby Small.
James Small Death
James Small died of a heart attack on 10 July 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the South African Rugby Union, “Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.”
Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, passed on his condolences to Small’s family and friends in a statement posted on the SA Rugby website.
“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.”
The South African government said in a statement on Twitter, “We send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Former Springbok winger #JamesSmall. He will be remembered for his role in the 1995 World Cup final win over New Zealand.”
We send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Former Springbok winger #JamesSmall. He will be remembered for his role in the 1995 World Cup final win over New Zealand. [Photo cred: @Springboks] pic.twitter.com/TD291DAL9V
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 10, 2019
James Small is the fourth member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team to die, after Kitch Christie (coach), 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. A fifth member Chester Williams died from a heart attack on 6 September 2019 in Cape Town.
James Small Cause of Death
According to an autopsy report, James Small’s cause of death was “ischaemic heart disease”.
James Small Funeral
Mourners gathered at the Wanderers Club in northern Johannesburg for the funeral of James Small on July 18, 2019. A number of his former teammates, who lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy with Small in 1995, attended the ceremony.
James Small Height
He stood at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m).