Honour for ex-Lion

Smith to join Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame

Tom Smith

Accolade: Tom Smith (pic SNS Group)

Tom Smith, hailed as the “greatest Scotland player of the professional era”, is the latest inductee into the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame.

The 50-year-old loose head prop, who won 61 caps for his country, will be welcomed to Murrayfield tomorrow for the induction ceremony ahead of the game against South Africa (kick-off 1pm).

Smith was an instrumental figure in Scotland’s 1999 Five Nations Championship success and played in six successive British & Irish Lions Test matches in 1997-2001 against the Springboks.

Smith, who played his club rugby for Dundee HSFP, Watsonians, Caledonian Reds, Glasgow Caledonians, Brive and Northampton Saints, also captained Scotland during an eight-year international career.

Sir Ian McGeechan, head coach on the 1997 Lions tour and a member of Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame panel, said: “Tom is hugely deserving of this accolade. He was every inch the modern prop forward with sublime running and handling skills allied to the traditional strengths that are a pre-requisite for a front-row forward to flourish in the set piece.

“For me he has been the greatest Scotland player of the professional era to date.”

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