A stand-out performer for Sale Sharks since the 2012/13 campaign, Tommy Taylor won his first full cap off the bench in the 27-13 win over Wales at the end of May last year before he embarked on the England Saxons’ tour of South Africa. He was an impressive performer in both matches against the hosts’ A team and scored two tries from driving mauls in the second game at George but withdrew from England’s senior tour of Argentina this June because of a knee ligament injury.
Five seasons ago he was a joint winner of the Sharks’ Young Player of the Season award with fellow front row forwards Ross Harrison and Henry Thomas. Tommy, an England Counties player, was with home town club Macclesfield from the U6 age group upwards until he was spotted by the Sharks. By that time, he had made 14 senior appearances for the Macc first team. He still holds the club close to his heart with family members still playing there. Four generations of Taylor have been educated at King’s Macclesfield and all his predecessors also played at hooker.
He captained the school first team that reached the last 16 of the national knock-out cup. His Sharks debut was against Harlequins in October 2011 and he appeared in 106 games, including 68 in the Premiership, for the club despite a five-month absence in 2014/15 through a knee injury. He signed for the Sharks Academy in July 2011, played for an England XV against the Barbarians in 2014 and 2015 and scored tries against Exeter Chiefs, Bristol Rugby (two) and Leicester Tigers in his first 20 Premiership matches for Wasps up to the end of last season.
Last updated: 11 June 2017