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. Small was also alleged by his teammate Chester Williams to have uttered racist abuse towards him in his authorised biography.
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. He's currently involved with North-West University of Potchefstroom (Known as NWU-Pukke) as an assistant coach.