Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Happy Retirement Mathew Tait

This blog's best wishes go to Mathew Tait who sadly has been forced to quit the game through injury, aged 33, following 15 years in professional rugby.

I always rated Tait who, after being prematurely selected and subsequently dumped from the England team by Andy Robinson in 2005, went on to establish himself as a superb attacking outside centre and, aged 21, was arguably England's best player in the 2007 World Cup final.

Unfortunately a combination of injuries and selectorial ignorance kept Tait out of the national set up after his last cap in 2010, something of a tragedy in my eyes given some of the donkeys who occupied the 13 shirt subsequently - and even a successful shift to fullback with Leicester failed to revive his international fortunes.

Rumour has it that he's now planning to become a commercial pilot - good luck to him...

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