Wasps bound Tay­lor’s soft spot for Macc

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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.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Tommy Tay­lor is poised to leave Sale for Lon­don Wasps this sum­mer

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