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    Former Sale Sharks rugby player David Tait dies in fall


    David Tait made 40 appearances for Sale Sharks



    Former Sale Sharks rugby union player David Tait has died at the age of 25, the club has confirmed.
    It is understood the player was found dead on Wednesday after falling from an apartment block in Hong Kong.
    Tait began his playing career with Sale in 2005 but left the club in 2010 after suffering persistent injuries, having made just 40 appearances.
    The Premiership club issued a statement on behalf of his family saying they were "devastated".
    Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players' Association, said: "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.
    "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."

    Tait played as a forward for Sale Sharks for five seasons, principally as a number eight.
    When injury forced him to retire from the sport, he began a new career as a corporate finance manager.
    Players and team-mates paid their own tributes to Tait on Twitter.
    England full-back Ben Foden, who played with him at Sale, tweeted: "RIP David Tait, gutted to see the news. Great player and great guy! Thoughts are with his family."
    And England and Wasps flanker James Haskell said: "Very shocked to wake up to the news of former Sale Player David Tait's death. Very sad news. Top player and man."

    Tait played principally as a number eight for Sale Sharks

    Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty added: "At this desperately sad time words can hardly do justice to the way everyone involved with Aviva Premiership Rugby will feel about David's passing.
    "Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."
    Tait represented the Scotland rugby sevens side in 2009.
    Then head coach and current head of performance development with Scottish Rugby, Stephen Gemmell, said he became an "important member of the squad".
    "David was a pleasure to work with and had a bright future ahead of him, both inside and outside the game", he said.
    Tait is the second former Sale Sharks player to die in tragic circumstances this year.
    In January, winger Selorm Kuadey died at the age of 24 after apparently taking his own life after also being forced to retire through injury.
    Tis but a scratch.

    #2
    A lot of tragedies occuring this yr, from NS to the Fijian winger and now Tait

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