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Springbok legend James Small dies at age 50

Legendary Sharks and Springbok rugby player James Small has died at the age of 50 of a suspected heart attack.

EWN reported that it is believed he died at a Johannesburg hospital on Wednesday.

Small, who lived with his 14-year-old daughter, Ruby, in Johannesburg had been visiting Cape Town and was on his way home.

He played provincially for the Lions, Sharks and Western Province, but made his debut in 1992 against the All Blacks.

Small went on to play 47 Tests for the Springboks between 1992 and 1997, during which time he was one of the heroes who won the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 1995.

His final appearance was in 1997 against Scotland where he scored his 20th try and became the leading Springbok try scorer at the time.

Small was assisting Robert du Preez at NWU-Pukke and the Leopards with coaching but recently joined Pirates in Johannesburg as an assistant coach.

Tributes have been pouring in across social media since the news broke and it is apparent that people will remember him fondly.