Tait move to Bayonne confirmed

Date published: January 20 2015

Former England three-quarter Mathew Tait will head to France next season after agreeing a deal with Bayonne.

The 28-year-old has spent four years with Leicester since joining from Sale, having started his career at Newcastle.

He won the last of his 38 England caps in 2010 at the age of just 24, having famously made his debut as a teenager against Wales.

He will replace the departing Scott Spedding at full-back for Bayonne, and director of rugby Richard Cockerill admitted it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“Taity has signed for Bayonne,” Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.

“He is at the age where he has had a good offer in France and wants to go and experience something different.

“We wish him well and there is nothing else we can do about that.

“Ever since he has decided to go, he has been carefree and less worried about how he plays.

“He has been on such good form, I think I might start offering everyone a rolling three-month contract!”