By David Wilkinson
Sale Sharks’ Hooker, and ex Macclesfield and Wasps player, Tommy Taylor, has joined the coaching team at Macclesfield Rugby Club. Tommy will be Assistant to Lead Coach Darren Lamon, concentrating on defence and the breakdown. Also joining the coaching team are ex players Tom Morton and Ollie Longmore.
After a season at Sandbach, Morton returns as a player coach concentrating on the backs attack play.
Longmore returns to Macclesfield after a seven year spell at Sale FC, also as a player coach, and assisting the coaching team working with the scrum.
Second Row Rhys Davies, previously on loan from Sale FC, has committed to the Club for next season and will also be part of the coaching team as a Forwards Coach concentrating on the lineout and launch plays.
Tommy Taylor started his playing career with Macclesfield, along with his brother Jack, in the Mini section, before playing through the teams to be part of a very successful 2nd team, along with Uncle Iain, winning the league and his only silverware to date. After a spell in the 1st XV he moved to the Sale Sharks Academy, playing for the Jets before cementing his place in the first team, as his father David had done in the 1980s. Then aged 19 he had 5 years with the Sharks and was being ‘noticed’ by the pundits and England. He made a strategic move to London Wasps to further his England chances, which turned out to be the right decision.
Tommy Taylor playing for England
Tommy had had games for England Saxons and the Barbarians but a knee injury in one of the Baa-Baas games was the first of his serious injuries. He was then involved with the 2016 Six Nations squad as a travelling reserve before winning his first cap against Wales in May of that year. The following year he was selected for the Tour to Argentina, prior to the World Cup, only to pick up another cruciate knee ligament injury while in Camp. After a number of successful seasons with Wasps Tommy decided it was time to come back to Sale Sharks, next season will be his fourth, second time around.
Tommy will bring an immense amount of experience to the squad, his tackle technique being of particular benefit in coaching the new tackle-height law. The new tackle-height law is set at, no higher than the belly-button, with the proviso that ball-carriers should not dip at the last minute. Tommy will start with the squad during pre season, he had this to say about the new law: “We are going to have to find new ways to slow the ball down (at the tackle), and really increase our speed around the tackle area. Who adapts to these new laws the quickest will start the season in good shape. It will also be interesting to see how it is ref’d, so hopefully we can get an idea of this before the season starts”.
The next competitive rugby to be played at Priory Park will be the Macclesfield 7s; this starts on the evening of Friday 9th June, with a Walking 7s competition; followed by the main competition on Saturday 10th June. On Saturday play will kick-off from 10.00 am with numerous competitions, including, Ladies, Social, Vets and the main Cup competition. Like previous years it will be a festival of rugby with, live music, food, drink – camping is available both nights: https://www.macclesfieldrufc.co.uk/macc7s/