'A hero, a great Bok, a friend': Tributes pour in for James Small

10 July 2019 - 15:56 By TimesLIVE
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

Tributes poured in on social media on Wednesday as news spread of former Springbok James Small's death.

Small, who turned 50 earlier this year, was part of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Many hailed the player, known as a rebel, as a childhood hero who inspired them to play the game.

People from all walks of life shared their feelings on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of the tributes:

R.I.P James Small...inspired my love for the game from a young age. I’ll never forget when I was 14 you literally...

Posted by Corné Wheeler on Wednesday, 10 July 2019

THE HEAVENS HAVE GAINED ANOTHER ANGEL! RIP JAMES SMALL. YOU CHANGED THE WAY A WING PLAYED THE GAME OF RUGBY. I HOPE...

Posted by Matthew Small on Wednesday, 10 July 2019

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