|TOM SMITH (Northampton). Prop. Born 31.10.71 in London. 5ft 10in, 15st 7lb. Thomas James Smith captained Scotland for the first time in the November 2001 success against Tonga and carried on captaincy throughout that year’s Autumn Tests. He enjoyed a distinguished try-scoring sequence when he notched his fifth touchdown for Scotland in the September 2001victory against Ireland. He crowned Scotland’s second-half fightback in their 28-all draw with Wales in February 2001 with a magnificent try, following on with his fourth international try in the 23-19 success that year against Italy. Understandably, he was The Famous Grouse Scotland Player of the Season for 2000-2001. Smith’s second international try capped his Man of the Match display against Samoa in November 2000. He played in 13 of Scotland’s 14 internationals during 1999-2000 season and scored his first cap try in the Hampden Park win against Romania. In 1998-99 he made a welcome return to rugby after having missed the entire 1997-98 campaign because of a groin injury. But a further injury, a broken leg, cut short his championship campaign during the match against Ireland in March, 1999. He made his Scotland comeback in that summer’s tour to South Africa, playing in all four matches, one as a replacement. Smith brought his ball-playing skills to bear on the game's highest stage when he made a magnificent contribution to the 1997 British Lions’ 2-1 Test series success against South Africa. He was the only Scot to play in all three Tests. Smith, a product of Rannoch School in Perthshire, represented Scottish Schools on his first steps to representative honours. He has also played for the Scotland Development XV and made a try-scoring debut for Scotland A against the 1996 Australian tourists. He played his club rugby for Dundee High School FP and Watsonians, and after a season with Glasgow Caledonians he joined Brive after the 1999 World Cup then moved to Northampton at the start of this season. Tom was one of three Scots initially selected to join the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia where he played in all three Tests in the series and contributed to Jason Robinson’s try in the third Test in Sydney.
International record: 38 caps. 1997 - E I F. 1998 - SA. 1999 - W E It I Arg R WC(SA U Sam NZ). 2000 – It I F W E NZ1 NZ2 USA A Sam. 2001 – F W E It I T Arg NZ. 2002 – E It I F W R. Points: 25 – 5 tries.
Prop for Northampton in Heineken Cup and Scotland Squad 2002/3 |