Former Northampton Saints prop Tom Smith today revealed he is battling cancer, and you can show your support by attending a Testimonial Dinner in his honour.
Saint #1769, Tom spent eight years at Franklin's Gardens from 2001 until his retirement from playing in 2009, and was part of the Northampton side that won the European Challenge Cup in his final season.
The 48-year-old, who also won 61 caps for Scotland as well as making six British & Irish Lions Test appearances, has been diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer.
Tom is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and as a consequence he has been unable to work and support his family. The outlook is uncertain, but he is fighting hard.
The Tom Smith Testimonial Dinner will be hosted by Gabby Logan and Martin Bayfield at the Hurlingham Club in London on Wednesday 4 March, with over 40 of Tom’s teammates from Scotland, the Lions and of course Northampton Saints in attendance – including Dylan Hartley, Nick Beal, Paul Grayson, Budge Pountney, Tim Rodber and Steve Thompson.
“Everyone at Northampton Saints was shocked to hear about Tom’s diagnosis, and he is very much within the thoughts of the squad and staff here at Franklin’s Gardens,” said Saints chairman John White.
“Tom was loved by supporters throughout his entire career for never taking a backwards step. We’ve no doubt his attitude will be the same following this diagnosis.
“Tom – and of course his wife Zoe, and children Angus, Amelie, and Teddy – have the full support of the Club during this tough time.”