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Post by Collapse2005 Wed 10 Jul 2019, 4:40 pm

James Small was an absolutely ferocious winger who was part of South Africa's 1995 RWC winning team.

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/international/former-south-africa-wing-james-small-dies-aged-50-1.3952543

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Post by LondonTiger Wed 10 Jul 2019, 4:44 pm

Third member of the 95 team to die early. Throw in Jonah from the opposition and that is one hell of an attrition rate.

Small was indeed ferocious, and for me often ended on the wrong side of the line. Kind of guy you would always want playing for you rather than against.

RIP

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Post by Collapse2005 Wed 10 Jul 2019, 4:56 pm

Yeah agreed.

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Post by RiscaGame Wed 10 Jul 2019, 6:01 pm

RIP to him. I’ve seen a few people say about his defence v Lomu in 95, but my biggest memory of him will always be his battles with John Bentley on the 97 Lions tour.

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Post by GeordieFalcon Wed 10 Jul 2019, 9:25 pm

Just seen this news elsewhere .

How sad ...one of my favourite players at the time. Small but wow aggressive and that Final in 1995. He played a fantastic game v Lomu.

And yes those battles with John Bentley....epic

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Post by Mr Bounce Wed 10 Jul 2019, 10:31 pm

Loved his battles against Bentley and his amazing Lomu defence in the 95 final. Superb player, much underrated. 50 is too young.

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Post by TightHEAD Thu 11 Jul 2019, 10:01 am

Yet another player from the 95 final gone too soon. dreadful news.
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Post by rodders Mon 15 Jul 2019, 10:23 am

Really sad news, I remember him well from the 1995 RWC and the spat with Bentley.

I recall him trying a blatant trip to stop Cullen scoring so he was no angel at times but he was a great player and character in the post professional era.
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Post by Shifty Sun 11 Aug 2019, 6:31 pm

rodders wrote:Really sad news, I remember him well from the 1995 RWC and the spat with Bentley.

I recall him trying a blatant trip to stop Cullen scoring so he was no angel at times but he was a great player and character in the post professional era.

RIP - respect to his family.

No Angel is the word. Just watch the 1997 Lions tour video again, or read this.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2002/nov/18/rugbyunion.jimwhite
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