James Small: A Rugby World Cup star who blazed brightly

14 July 2019 - 00:00

James Small’s premature death from a heart attack at the age of 50 has closed the book on a complex and charismatic character — the rugby star who stopped All Blacks giant Jonah Lomu in his tracks in 1995, the one-time brawler, model, socialite and glamour boy, who latterly lived his life far from the limelight.

There was a time when Small was constantly in the headlines, either on the sports pages or in the gossip columns. The same fire that made him a force of nature on the rugby field caused tumult in his personal life...

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