Ex-Springbok wing James Small’s funeral to be held in Johannesburg

24 June 1995 Rugby World Cup Final - New Zealand v South Africa - James Small of South Africa shakes hands with Jonah Lomu at the final whistle as All Black Zinzan Brooke (8) walks off dejectedly. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: James Small of South Africa is tackled by Richard Hill of England during the Nike International match at Twickenham in London. South Africa won the match 29-11. Credit: David Rogers/Allsport (Getty Images)

Former Springbok wing James Small’s funeral will be held at The Deck at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Thursday, July 18, the South African Rugby Union announced.

1995 Rugby World Cup winner James Small died aged 50 last Wednesday from a heart attack, according to the Union.

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

Small debuted for the South African men’s rugby team, the Springboks, in 1992 against New Zealand. He played 47 tests scoring 20 tries in five years.

One of the highlights of Small’s career was his performance in the 1995 World Cup final, where his efforts to keep New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu at bay helped the Springboks lift the Webb Ellis Cup on home soil

Small is the third player of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team to die. Ruben Kruger died in 2010 following a long battle with brain cancer while Joost van der Westhuizen died in 2017 after suffering from motor neurone disease.