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World Cup winner James Small dies suddenly aged 50

Former Springbok wing James Small died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.

According to a statement released by SA Rugby, the 50-year-old was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.


SA Rugby president Mark Alexander 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 Alexander.

Small is the third member of the World Cup squad to pass away, after flanker Ruben Kruger and scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen.

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