Alan Tait

Alan Tait

Infobox Rugby Union biography
playername = Alan Tait


fullname = Alan Tait
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1964|11|9|df=yes
cityofbirth = Kelso, Scottish Borders
countryofbirth = Scotland
height = height|ft=5|in=10
weight = 13 st 5 lb (85 kg)
nickname =
school =
university =
relatives =
position = Full-back / Centre
currentclub = Retired
clubnumber = 1
youthyears =
youthclubs =
years = ____ ‐ 88
1988 ‐ 92
1992 ‐ 97
1997 ‐ __
____ ‐ 00
clubs =
Widnes
Leeds
Newcastle Falcons
Edinburgh Reivers
caps(points) =

126 (220)
repyears = 1987 ‐ 99
2004 ‐ 99
2004 ‐ 99
1997
repteam = Scotland RU
Great Britain
Scotland RL
British & Irish Lions
repcaps(points) = 27 (85)
16 (??)
4 (20)

pcupdate =
repupdate =

Alan Tait (born 2 July 1964 in Kelso) is a Scottish rugby footballer and coach. He is now assistant coach at The Borders Rugby Club and a former rugby league and rugby union footballer who played outside centre for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions. He played club rugby for Newcastle Gosforth.

Rugby League

Unlike many other cross-code converts of the period Tait had the benefit of growing up in Cumbria, where his father, Alan Snr, was playing for Workington Town. cite web|url=http://sport.independent.co.uk/general/article280825.ece|title=Tait sceptical as final spectacle crosses border|publisher=The Independent|date=2000-04-27|accessdate=2008-01-19]

Between 1988 and 1996 he switched codes to rugby league and appeared for Widnes and Leeds playing in challenge cup finals in '94 & '95 (memorably getting skinned by Martin Offiah in the '94 final). He also gained representative honours for Great Britain and Scotland.

Tait won the Harry Sunderland Trophy in both 1989 and 1990. cite web|url=http://www.rlhalloffame.org.uk/sundtrop.htm|title=Harry Sunderland Award|publisher=RL Hall of Fame|date=2007-11-01|accessdate=2008-01-19]

Coaching

Though he was dismissed as defence coach of the Scottish national team by Matt Williams he has since been restored to that role by Frank Hadden and Scottish tackling has since improved greatly.

References

External links

* [http://leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk/leedsrhinos/pastplayers/squad-page.asp?ID=220 Leeds profile]
* [http://official.sportnetwork.net/main/s347/st61143.htm SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HONOURS BOARD]
* [http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/Cambridge/entries/017/football-Rugby-League.html Harry Sunderland Trophy]
* [http://www.sportingo.com/rugby/when_widnes_muscled_wigans_rugby/1001,3362 When Widnes muscled in on Wigan's Rugby League trophy romp]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/scottish/3898315.stm Tait becomes Borders coach]


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