David Taylor (rugby league)

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Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor (28 July 2009, Sydney).jpg
Taylor playing for the Broncos in 2009
Personal information
Full name David Taylor
Nickname Coal Train[1]
Born (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 26)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–09 Brisbane Broncos 49 9 0 0 36
2010–12 South Sydney 63 18 0 0 72
2013– Gold Coast Titans 42 11 0 0 44
Total 154 38 0 0 152
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 NRL All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
2010–14 Queensland 8 0 0 0 0
2012 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP, rabbitohs.com.au

Dave Taylor (born 7 August 1988) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Gold Coast Titans of the National Rugby League (NRL). Nicknamed "Coal Train", he is a Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative forward who previously played for the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Early life[edit]

Taylor started off his career playing with Blackwater Crushers. Taylor attended St Brendans College, Yeppoon and in 2005 represented Australia at schoolboy level.[2]


Brisbane Broncos[edit]

Taylor in action for the Broncos

In 2006, Taylor signed with the Brisbane Broncos. Playing 49 times over 3 seasons, he departed the Brisbane side in 2009 to join South Sydney.

South Sydney Rabbitohs[edit]

Taylor was one of the Rabbitohs’ strongest players during his two seasons with the club, earning four Queensland State of Origin caps whilst with the club, as well as selection in the Australian squad at the end of the 2011 season. Taylor was originally selected to play in the 2010 All Stars match but withdrew due to injury. In his first year with Souths, Taylor was selected to play for Queensland and made his debut for the Maroons from the bench in Game I of the 2010 State of Origin series. He played in all 3 games in 2010. Taylor played game 2 and was suspended in time for the third game 2011 and as a result, was unable to play. Taylor made his test debut for Australia in 2012 ANZAC test. He also played for Queensland in the 2012 State of Origin series. Taylor played in the first two origins then dropped for the third game in 2012. At the end of the 2012 season, Taylor was included in the Australian train-on squad.

Gold Coast Titans[edit]

Taylor signed a 4-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans in 2012. It is reported that Dave signed the contract to be closer to home.[citation needed] Taylor joined the acclaimed forward pack of the Titans, which includes Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Luke Bailey. All of which are in the current or have played in their representative State teams. 2013 was a very up-and-down year for Taylor. The highly publicised theft of his boat, as well as the roller-coaster form, had media scrutiny hitting him from all angles.[citation needed] Failing to make the Queensland Maroons for the first time since 2012, as well as Taylor being dropped from the first grade squad, led to many media reports suggesting the Titans made one of the poorer signings for 2013.[citation needed] In 2014, he was called into Queensland's squad for State of Origin II to replace the injured Corey Parker.


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