Former Scotland rugby star David Tait dies in apartment fall
A FORMER Premiership rugby union player has died after falling from an apartment block.
David Tait, 25, who had played for Sale Sharks and had also represented Scotland, died after the fall in Hong Kong.
In a brief statement, his family said they were "devastated".
Tait's rugby career was cut short by injuries, and he became a corporate finance manager for multinational firm KPMG.
A back-row forward, he spent five years with Sale in Greater Manchester, who signed him as a teenager.
He was part of England's training squad for the 2008-09 International Rugby Board world sevens series, but did not play. He later played for Scotland at the 2009 Dubai Sevens.
Rugby Players' Association chief executive Damian Hopley 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.
"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 chief executive Mark McCafferty said: "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.
"Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."
Shocked rugby stars and friends of Tait took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Harlequins and England player Danny Care tweeted: "Couldn't believe the news y’day. Lost a good friend and an absolute legend of a bloke David Tait. RIP mate. Sending all my love to his family."
Wasps rugby player James Haskell tweeted: "Very shocked to wake up to the news of former Sale player David Taits death. Very sad news. Top player and man."
Adam Powell of Saracens tweeted: "So sad to hear about Dave Tait. Absolutely gutted!"
Northampton Saints player Ryan Lamb tweeted: "Terrible news about the death of David Tait. Top player and a top bloke, had some awesome times playing through the age groups with him.
"Thoughts go out to his family and to the sale lads in such a bad time. #RIP"
Danny Cipriani described it as "devastating news!" and tweeted: "Horrible news about David Tait, he was a legend of a bloke and very talented. Thoughts with his family sending my love."