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Rugby players, coaches and administrators were today mourning the loss of David Tait, the former Sale forward and Scotland seven-a-side international who fell to his death from an apartment block in Hong Kong. He was 25.

David Tait

Sale confirm death of former player David Tait

Tait is understood to have fallen from an apartment block in Hong Kong

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Autumn Statement

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The high street is banking on a "late Christmas rush" after anaemic spending by consumers last month.

Size matters in choosing an auditor, Big Four say

The Big Four accountants have launched fierce defences of the reasons for their market dominance in auditing major companies.

Heat turned up on 'Big Four' accountants

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AEA pre-pack deal saves jobs

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