Darren Maule shares tribute to fallen James Small

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Former Springbok legend James Small has tragically passed away at the age of 50.

Small was influential in keeping the rampant Jonah Lomu, who had scored four tries in the All Blacks' semi-final win against England, at bay when the Springboks won their first World Cup in Johannesburg in 1995, a year after the end of Apartheid.

Small made his debut for the Springboks against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1992 and played in 47 Tests until 1997.

The African National Congress also shared a tribute to Small.

Sharks chief executive and former Bok No 8 Gary Teichmann says he will cherish his memories with James Small following the wing's passing.

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"The class of 1995 contributed enormously towards uniting the nation and displaying to the world South Africa's sporting prowess".

'He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way. "You know you can't play it".

'Our honest condolences are extended to his children and the entire Small family on their sad loss'.

Small is the third member of South Africa's 1995 World Cup winners to have died, after Ruben Kruger in 2010 and Joost Van Der Westhuizen in 2017.

South Africa's Springboks James Small evades a tackle while he clutches the ball during the Tri-Nations test in Pretoria 23 August. On social media, South Africans sports icons like Herschelle Gibbs, Ryk Neethling and Kobus Wiese paid their respects to Small.

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