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

James Small celebrates during the Rugby World Cup final on June 24 1995 at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
James Small celebrates during the Rugby World Cup final on June 24 1995 at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
Image: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images

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.

Listen to the latest episode of the SportsLIVE PODCAST 

X