Sale Sharks is delighted to announce the signing of Tommy Taylor from Wasps Rugby ahead of the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership season. The Sharks academy graduate has agreed terms to re-join the club on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old England international started his career at Macclesfield Rugby Club in Cheshire before rising through the ranks of the Sale Sharks Academy after signing for the club in 2011.
A firm fan favourite during his time at the Sharks, Taylor made over 90 appearances for the club and was part of the same academy crop as Ross Harrison, Will Addison, and Mike Haley. During his time at Sale, Tommy developed himself into the archetypal modern hooker, proving himself dynamic and industrious in the loose as well as showcasing the traditional skills required to be effective in tight areas of play and at the set piece.
Tommy left the Sharks at the end of the 2015/16 season to join Wasps Rugby and was capped by England in the same year. He has since gone on to play 80 matches for the Coventry based side. He will return to Sale to bolster Alex Sanderson’s front-row options ahead of next season.
Tommy was delighted to be able to fulfil his ambition of returning to his first professional club, he said:
“After five great years at Wasps, I’m really happy to be returning home to the club where I began my career. It’s really exciting to be returning home, to a club that’s both familiar, yet has developed substantially over the past few years. I’m excited to test myself in a new environment and I’ve no doubt that it’s the right decision both professionally and personally for me and my young family.”