James Small, former South Africa Rugby star on Wednesday died after suffering a heart attack.

Eye 9ja reports that the ex- Rugby star, Small dies at the age of 50 after suffering the attack.

Small was a key member of the Springboks side who lifted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, scored 20 tries in 47 tests between 1992 and 1997.

While confirming his death, the South Africa Rugby President, Mark Alexander said in a statement that reads as thus; “He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for and he lived his life in the same way. At 50 years old, James Small died too young.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”

Small was the first South African to be sent off in a test when it was rare in rugby, banished in a match against Australia in 1993.

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