Scotland and Lions prop Tom Smith sadly passed away earlier today aged 50.
Smith was part of the iconic 1997 series-winning side before touring again four years later, becoming the only Scottish player to have played in six consecutive Lions Tests.
Following his retirement in 2009, Smith coached at Edinburgh and in France before he had to focus on his own health, when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2019.
Smith fought the condition as tenaciously as any contest on the rugby field, with support from all corners of the rugby world and the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.
He also become an ambassador for the bowel cancer charity, 40tude, which aims to raise awareness and funds for research into the UK’s second biggest killer for cancer.
A hugely respected player, Smith will be greatly missed by everyone associated with rugby. All our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends at this time.