Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Robinson leads Tait tributes

Former Sale Shark David Tait has died at the age of 25

Jason Robinson has led the tributes to former Sale Sharks player David Tait following his death at the age of 25, describing him as a "lovely young man who will be greatly missed".

Tait is understood to have fallen from an apartment block in Hong Kong.

His Premiership rugby career was cut short by injuries, and he became a corporate finance manager for multinational firm KPMG.

Former Sale and England captain Robinson said on Twitter: "Holding back the tears thinking about the loss of David Tait. Lovely young man who will be greatly missed. Thoughts & prayers to his family."

There were also tributes from current Sale players Mark Cueto and Danny Cipriani, with the former tweeting: "Just horrific to hear the news abt David Tait......Top bloke & a great talent."

And Cipriani tweeted: "Horrible news about David Tait, he was a legend of a bloke and very talented. Thoughts with his family, sending my love."

Tait was a member of the England Under-20 squad before switching his rugby allegiance to Scotland. He played in sevens tournaments in Dubai and South Africa in 2009.

Stephen Gemmell, who was then Scotland sevens head coach and is now Scottish Rugby Union head of performance development, said he was a "pleasure to work with", adding: "The thoughts of all at Scottish Rugby are with David's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

Rugby Players' Association chief executive Damian Hopley said the rugby community would be shattered by Tait's passing.

"He wasn't simply a talented rugby player, he was also extremely bright and successful in his life outside of rugby," Hopley told the Manchester Evening News. "We will do everything we can to help support David's family and the players who played alongside him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

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