Taylor signs contract extension with Wasps

Date: 25 Dec 2018

Wasps are delighted to confirm that England hooker Tommy Taylor has committed his future to the Club.  

Taylor, who is closing in on 100 Premiership appearances, joined the Club in 2016 from Sale Sharks.

The 27-year-old, who picked up his sole England cap in 2016 in a win over Wales, has made 41 appearances in the Black and Gold, having crossed the whitewash on five occasions and helped Wasps to the Premiership final in 2017.

Taylor began his professional career in the Sale Sharks Academy but retained strong links to his home club Macclesfield for whom he appeared in the National Leagues while winning England Counties honours.

In 2011, Taylor followed his father’s footsteps into the Sale first-team and went on to make 106 appearances for the Sharks, getting international recognition in England’s non-capped matches against the Barbarians in 2014 and 2015 before earning his first cap against Wales. 

With fellow hooker and former Cheshire county colleague Tom Cruse also at the Club next season, Wasps’ options at hooker are looking strong for the 2019/20 campaign – especially with the news that Ashley Johnson has also signed a new deal. 

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Tommy has been a tremendous performer since moving to Wasps and his work-rate is second to none.

“Having another quality hooker sign up ahead of next season is great news for all involved at the Club and we’re looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch soon.”

Taylor added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of seasons at Wasps.

“We have everything we need with some of the best resources available to us as professional athletes and I feel like I can push on to reach the top of my game by staying here at Ricoh Arena.

“Hopefully I can be a part of something special here as we look to compete for honours on the domestic and European fronts in the near future.”