- Former Springbok wing James Small has died
- He passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday evening
- Tributes have since poured in for Small
Former Springbok James Small passed away on Wednesday after having a heart attack.
He was 50 years old.
SA Rugby has released a statement saying that Small was taken to hospital on Tuesday night. Small's family also confirmed his passing.
Small, who was born in Cape Town, played for the Springboks between 1992 and 1997, making 47 appearances and scoring 20 tries. At the provincial level, he played for the Lions, Sharks and Western Province.
Notably, Small was also part of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
After retiring from professional rugby, Small went into business and became the owner of a coffee shop in Cape Town.
Mark Alexander, the president of SA Rugby, has shared his condolences with 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," Alexander said.
Tributes for Small have poured in from all over the sports world and society at large. On social media, South Africans sports icons like Herschelle Gibbs, Ryk Neethling and Kobus Wiese paid their respects to Small.
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