Tonight with Lester Podcast

James Small


Guest : Liam De Carme

Former Springbok winger James Small has died at the age of 50.
It's understood he suffered a heart attack and died at a Johannesburg hospital on
Wednesday.
Small played 47 Tests for the Springboks between 1992 and 1997 and was part of the
team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
He also played provincially for the Lions, Sharks and Western Province.
He made his international debut against the All Blacks in 1992 and made his final
appearance against Scotland in 1997.
In that final test match, he scored his 20th try, becoming the leading Springbok try
scorer at the time, eclipsing Danie Gerber’s record.
Small became the first-ever Springbok to be sent off in a match due to his dissent
towards a referee.
In recent years, he turned to coaching and assisted Robert du Preez at NWU-Pukke and
the Leopards before joining Pirates in Johannesburg as an assistant coach.
Small was not without controversy though; in 2001, he admitted to abusing his girlfriend
at the time Christina Storm-Nel.
He was 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).
Joining us on the line from Johannesburg is rugby writer Liam del Carme
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