| Scotland and Lions prop Tom Smith dies aged 50 | Scotland and Lions prop Tom Smith dies aged 50

Tom Smith (Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport)

Tom Smith (Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport)

Former Scotland prop forward Tom Smith, who also starred for the British and Irish Lions, has died aged 50, the Scottish Rugby Union announced on Wednesday.

Smith, capped 61 times by Scotland, had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2019.

The SRU, in a Twitter post, hailed Smith as a “hugely respected player” who would be “greatly missed by everyone associated with rugby in Scotland and throughout the game.”

Smith had won just three Scotland caps when he was selected for the Lions’ 1997 tour of South Africa, where he helped out-scrummage a physically larger home pack during a 2-1 series win over the Springboks.

He was also involved four years lat

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