James Small dead at 50

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South Africa's legendary 1995 World Cup winners have lost another member after it was revealed that James Small has passed away at the age of 50.

Small was part of the team's victorious Rugby World Cup campaign in 1995.

According to SA Rugby, Small was taken to a hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

"He was a member of the legendary South African Rugby squad that won the World Cup in 1995, a year after the ushering in of a democratic government in South Africa".

"We were devastated to hear of his passing", he added.

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.

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He scored 20 Test tries, with the last of those in his final match in the Green and Gold, against Scotland - a try which, at that stage, broke Danie Gerber's Test record.

He later coached domestic sides. The others were Ruben Kruger, who died of brain cancer in 2010, and Joost van der Westhuizen, who lost his battle with motor neuron disease in 2017. "Our honest condolences are extended to his children and the entire Small family on their sad loss", he said.

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander passed on his condolences to Small's family and friends.

Small was the first South African to be sent off in a test following his dismissal against Australia in 1993.

"The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire sporting world".

Numerous notable South African and sport identities went to social media to share their tributes to Small.

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