Sale confirm death of Tait

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

Former Sale player David Tait has died at the age of 25, the Aviva Premiership club have confirmed.

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.

Tait, a back-row forward, spent five years with Sale, who signed him as a teenager.

He was part of England's training squad for the 2008-09 International Rugby Board world sevens series, but did not play. He later represented Scotland sevens at tournaments in Dubai and South Africa in 2009.

"The rugby community will be shattered by the passing of such a gifted and popular young man who was respected by everyone he played alongside," Rugby Players' Association chief executive Damian Hopley told the Manchester Evening News.

"He wasn't simply a talented rugby player, he was also extremely bright and successful in his life outside of rugby.

"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."

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".

He added: "The thoughts of all at Scottish Rugby are with David's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

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