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Former rugby player found dead

David Tait

Former Sale Sharks rugby union player David Tait has been found dead in Hong Kong.

It's understood the 25 year old was found dead on Wednesday after falling from an apartment block.

A statement on the club's website said:

"The rugby community will be shattered by the passing of such a gifted and popular young man who was respected by everyone he played alongside. He wasn't simply a talented rugby player, he was also extremely bright and successful in his life outside of rugby.

David Tait in action

"We will do everything we can to help support David's family and the players who played alongside him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

Premiership Rugby expressed their sadness at the news of David's death. "At this desperately sad time words can hardly do justice to the way everyone involved with Aviva Premiership Rugby will feel about David's passing," said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

"Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."

The Tait family said: "The family is devastated and we would ask you to please respect our privacy."

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Warrington Wolves' charity basketball game

Rugby stars will take to the basketball court for charity Credit: Press Association

Warrington Wolves players will be taking part in a charity basketball game on Saturday in aid of After Adoption.

The game begins at 10:30 at Birchwood Tennis & Leisure Complex in Warrington.

The players will include: Mick Higham, Paul Wood, Rhys Williams, Gareth O’Brien, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, James Laithwaite, Jordan Burke, Ryan Shaw, Danny Bridge, James Mendeika, James Saltonstall, Gavin Bennion and Gene Ormsby.

For more details please visit the After Adoption website.

Confusion at Sale Sharks HQ after Redpath removed

Our sports reporter Dan Hewitt is at Sale Sharks after their director of rugby Bryan Redpath was removed from his position.

He says: "Confusion at Sale Sharks: CEO Steve Diamond tells me he's in charge until end of the season. Bryan Redpath staying on as coach.

"However, Redpath has not confirmed he will stay on. He's been given 2 days to decide what he wants to do. It's conceivable he'll reject that offer.

"Sale keen to show they want to keep him. Diamond not clear at all on whether he thinks he'll stay. Decision could be as early as tonight."

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Wolves celebrate Challenge Cup Final win

It's fair to say the people of Warrington have had a better Bank Holiday weekend than most.

That is because for the third time in four years, the town's Rugby League team won the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

After beating Leeds by 35 points to 18, the Wolves returned home to a heroes' reception.

Tens of thousands lined the streets of Warrington to welcome home the players and the famous trophy.

North West rugby legends get own statue at Wembley Stadium

Five north west rugby league legends will get their own statue at Wembley Stadium.

Joining Bobby Moore at the top of Wembley Way will be Wigan heroes Billy Boston, Eric Ashton and Martin Offiah, along with St Helens star Alex Murphy and Salford's Gus Risman.

The group statue is to celebrate more than 80 years of Challenge Cup finals at the national stadium.

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