International tributes for Bok legend
REACTION: Tributes continued to pour in for the late Springbok wing James Small.
Small, a member of the celebrated 1995 World Cup-winning squad, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 50.
Small made his debut for the Springboks against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1992 and played in 47 Tests until 1997, scoring 20 Test tries.
Small is the fourth member of the Springbok squad from 1995 to pass away, after Kitch Christie (coach), Ruben Kruger (flank) and Joost van der Westhuizen (scrumhalf).
Ruben Kruger died from brain cancer in 2010 and Joost van der Westhuizen from motor neuron disease in 2017.
Christie passed away in 1998 as a result of his prolonged battled with leukaemia.
Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, lead the tributes for the Bok legend.
The All Blacks, Wallabies, as well as the British and Irish Lions, were among the other teams to pay tribute to the ex-Springbok
Tributes to James Terence Small
Very sad to hear the news of former Springbok James Small – the man who , among other achievements,marked Jonah Lomu during South Africa’s victorious and iconic 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and @Springboks
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) July 10, 2019
We are saddened to learn that @Springboks great and 1995 @rugbyworldcup winner James Small has passed away. A fierce competitor on the field and great friend off it, James will be missed by the entire global rugby community.
Rest In Peace, legend.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) July 10, 2019
— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) July 10, 2019
We’re deeply saddened to learn of James’ passing.
— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) July 10, 2019
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) July 10, 2019
Rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/5kcfWtZQ9X
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) July 10, 2019