World Cup hero James Small dies

World Cup hero James Small dies

James Small, the Springboks wing in the World Cup final against the All Blacks in 1965, has died.

The cause of his death was not known at the time or writing, but it is suspected that he died of a heart attack. The cause of death has however not been confirmed.

Small, who heroically contained his opposite number and kept the destructive macro All Black destroyer Johan Lomu in check, was 50 years old and leaves a daughter Ruby (14), who lived with Small. Her mother is the well-known model Christina Storm.

He was undoubtedly one of the biggest heroes in the Bok side that won the Webb Ellis Trophy against all the odss.

Small played his first test against New Zealand in 1992, the first test after South Africa’s sports isolation, against the All Blacks at Ellis Park. He played in 47 test matches, the last of which was in 1997.