James Small (rugby player)

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James Small
Date of birth (1969-02-10) February 10, 1969 (age 46)
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb; 14.0 st)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Natal Sharks
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1992–97  South Africa 47 (100)

James Small (born 10 February 1969) is a former South African rugby union footballer who played on the wing for the Springboks. His international debut was against the All Blacks in 1992 and he made his final appearance against Scotland in 1997. He was the leading try scorer in the 1996 Super 12 season.

Small's career was marred by his verbal abuse, notably becoming the first Springbok to ever be sent off, as a result of dissent towards referee Ed Morison.[1] Small was also alleged by his teammate Chester Williams to have uttered racist abuse towards him in his authorised biography.[2]

Small attended Risidale Primary School and Greenside High School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Today he owns a number of restaurants including Café Caprice in Camps Bay.[3] He's currently involved with North-West University of Potchefstroom (Known as NWU-Pukke) as an assistant coach.


  1. ^ "Australia 1993 James Small send off". Youtube. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  2. ^ Keohane, Mark (2002). Chester - A Biography of Courage. Don Nelson. ISBN 1-86806-209-0. 
  3. ^ "Cafe Caprice". iafrica. 2004-03-25. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

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