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Small faced Jonah Lomu as his opposite man in the final of the 1995 World Cup. Lomu had scored four tries in New Zealand's semi final against England, but Small and his teammates managed to contain Lomu, preventing him from scoring. The Springboks won the match and the Cup.
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.