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'He played with the heart of a lion' - Francois Pienaar remembers James Small

10 July 2019 5:00 PM
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SA rugby's Francois Pienaar, Jonathan Kaplan and Chester Williams pay tribute to James Small, who has died at the age of 50.

Tributes were pouring in for Springboks rugby legend James Small on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old sports star died at a hospital in Johannesburg; it's believed he suffered a heart attack.

Among those paying tribute to the winger is former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, who led Small and the rest of the Springboks to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

The class of 1995, we're heartbroken... it was a great shock.

Francois Pienaar, Former Springbok Captain

On the field he left nothing behind... he played with the heart of a lion.

Francois Pienaar, Former Springbok Captain

According to former teammate Chester Williams, who saw Small recently, he was working hard on getting fit again.

About a month ago we were at a function together and he told me he's busy with training.

Chester Williams, Former South African rugby union player

Williams remembers playing against Small in 1994 in the Lions' Cup.

He was a difficult character to play against and that's why he's a legend today.

Chester Williams, Former South African rugby union player

Listen as Jonathan Kaplan shares his own memories of the former Springbok winger:


10 July 2019 5:00 PM
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Rugby
Chester Williams
Francois Pienaar
James Small

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