Sad news has come out of South Africa this morning as it was announced that legend James Small died of a suspected heart attack.
His mother, Vaughn Small, confirmed to Netwerk24 that one of the Bok heroes of the 1995 Rugby World Cup victory died on Wednesday.
“We suspect it was a heart attack but it hasn’t been confirmed yet,” his mother said.
The 50-year-old Small, who had been visiting Cape Town, lived with his daughter Ruby in Johannesburg and was on his way back home. The 14-year-old Ruby’s mother and Small’s former wife is the well-known actress and model Christina Storm.
Small, the so-called bad boy of rugby, made his Test debut for the Springboks in 1992 against New Zealand. The former Stormers, Sharks and Lions wing represented his country in 47 Tests and played his last international in 1997.