Full name Thomas James Smith
Born October 31, 1971, London
Current age 43 years 305 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Northampton Saints, Scotland, Scotland XV
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 235 lb
|British and Irish Lions||1997-2001||6||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||3||0||50.00|
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1999-2003||9||9||0||5||1||0||0||0||5||4||0||55.55|
|Test debut||England v Scotland at Twickenham, Feb 1, 1997 match details|
|Last Test||England v Scotland at Twickenham, Mar 19, 2005 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Tom Smith made his name on the winning 1997 Lions tour of South Africa. Picked to start all three test matches alongside Paul Wallace and Keith Wood his strong scrummaging and good hands ensured that their much more highly fancied hosts were defeated 2-1.
Smith had only played three tests before the tour for Scotland but his impact saw Ian McGeechan select him and he later went on to become the only Scot to play the six consecutive Lions tests matches of 1997 and 2001 when he played against Australia.
Smith had made his Scotland debut in 1997 in the Calcutta Cup match and was a first choice for his country for eight years, winning the Five Nations in 1999 and leading them throughout the 2001 Autumn Internationals. Smith was also Scotland's Player of the Season in 2000/2001. After an international career that included two World Cups, Smith's final match in the blue jersey came, appropriately enough, against England in the 2005 Six Nations clash at Twickenham.
After a club career that included spells at Glasgow Caledonians, Watsonians and Brive, Smith made his Northampton debut on September 1, 2001. Over the subsequent eight seasons his appetite for the action has not diminished; neither did his popularity with the Saints' fans. His time at Franklin's Gardens included two Powergen Cup finals, a Heineken Cup semi-final and three Heineken Cup quarter finals.
He retired at the end of the 2008-09 season before becoming forwards coach for Magners League side Edinburgh under new boss Rob Moffat.