Wasps bound Taylor’s soft spot for Macc
RUGBY UNION ALEX HANNAH
FORMER Macclesfield youngster Tommy Taylor may be moving from Sale Sharks to London Wasps this summer – but there will always be a place in his heart of Macclesfield!
The hooker played for Macc from the under 6s until he was picked up by Sharks.
Taylor made 14 appearances for the Macclesfield first team and looks back on his time with The Blues with great fondness.
“My time at Macc was great, it’s my hometown club, I was there from the under sixes so to then get to play first team was great. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have whilst I was there, I was pretty nervous every time I played in the first team for Macc! It did me the world of good.”
Taylor has become a pivotal member of the Sale line up, and has seen other players who have experienced rugby at Priory Park come through.
Cameron Neild played in the latter stages of the successful 13/14 promotion season and has become a valuable member of the Sale side, and Sam James has burst onto the scene this year with the Sharks, being nominated twice for Premiership try of the month after spending the majority of last season on loan at Macc.
Taylor believes the experience gained in the National Leagues is invaluable and it comes as no surprise to anyone at Sale the impact the two players have had this season.
“You go from playing school and academy level to playing with grown men, so the physicality is a big step up,” added Taylor.
“Sale is known for a good academy and they put trust in youngsters.
“Cam has been fantastic whether at hooker or in the back row, his work rate around the park is really good, which is what you want your 6 to do.
“Sam James is another great talent. I remember seeing him when he was 18/19 years old and you could tell how good he was from the time he has on the ball, it stands out in training and it has done in games this season.”
Macclesfield is a club that Tommy still holds very close to his heart, with many friends and family members still playing at the club.
Taylor admits he always keeps an eye out to see how both The Blues and The Lions (second team) are getting on.
“I look out for the Macc results every week and it’s good to see they’re flying.
“I’ve still got a lot of friends in the first and second team, so I try and keep up with how theyre going.
“My uncle even still plays every now and then! You can’t really get away from it when you get home which is nice, it’s a great family club.”
●● Tommy Taylor is poised to leave Sale for London Wasps this summer