Tom's Story

At 37, rugby legend Tom Smith - prop forward for Northampton and one of the cornerstones of the Scottish, British and Irish Lions pack– bowed gracefully out of the game. With the same quiet modesty and a fortitude that earned him worldwide respect and an impressive string of victories on the field, Tom decided to hang up his boots and draw a line under a stellar career which very nearly didn’t happen.

At the age of 18, Tom was diagnosed with epilepsy. 'The seizures started totally out of the blue,' he explains. 'There was no warning, no trigger. I had not suffered any head injury in spite of the amount of rugby I played. It literally happened over night – nocturnal seizures. At the time it was quite distressing.'