Rebel with a cause: James Small, the James Dean of SA rugby

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Rebel with a cause: James Small, the James Dean of SA rugby

We pay tribute to a man who lived life to the full, both on and off the field

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As fate, or maybe luck would have it, his career spanned the end of the amateur and the advent of the professional era. Although he was a real pro, he probably played his best rugby before money was thrown at players.

Springbok rugby’s most celebrated rebel James Small has died. He had turned 50 in February.

Small will best be remembered as a member of Kitch Christie’s victorious World Cup squad of 1995, especially for the pivotal role he played in snuffing out the challenge of the All Blacks’ main threat, the rampaging Jonah Lomu...

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