Codie Taylor

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Codie Taylor
Codie Taylor thumb17.jpg
Codie Taylor playing for the All Blacks
Full name Codie Joshua Dane Taylor
Date of birth (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Levin, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 111 kg (245 lb; 17 st 7 lb)
School Feilding High School
Horowhenua College[1]
Notable relative(s) Walter Pringle (2nd-great-grandfather)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
New Zealand No. 1143
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– Canterbury 19 (25)
Correct as of 29 October 2016
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013– Crusaders 34 (30)
Correct as of 23 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011
2014
2015–
New Zealand under-20
Māori All Blacks
New Zealand
5
2
29
(0)
(5)
(35)
Correct as of 25 November 2017

Codie Joshua Dane Taylor (born 31 March 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays as a hooker for Crusaders in Super Rugby, Canterbury in the ITM Cup, and New Zealand internationally.[2] Having grown up in Feilding and Levin before moving to Christchurch[3] he was a member of the Crusaders Wider Training Squad for the 2012 Super Rugby season and he has subsequently been promoted to the senior squad for the 2013 season, before making his international debut in 2015.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Taylor was part of the Junior All Blacks team which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[6]

Of Ngāti Raukawa and Muaūpoko descent, Taylor played for the Māori All Blacks in 2014.[7]

Taylor was selected for the All Blacks 2015 Squad against Samoa.[8] His first game for the All Blacks was the opening match of the 2015 Rugby Championship against Argentina, when he came on in the 59th minute to replace Kevin Mealamu as Hooker. He scored a try on debut, in the 71st minute, after the All Blacks won a scrum close to the Argentine line.[9]

Taylor was named in the All Blacks 31-man squad to go to the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. Taylor only made one appearance in the competition during the pool stages, which was New Zealand and Namibia's first international fixture. Taylor lasted the whole 80 minutes against Namibia and was not replaced by Mealamu, ending the test by scoring a try in the 79th minute. First-five Beauden Barrett converted Taylor's try to make the final score 58-14.

Taylor surpassed the injury-plagued Nathan Harris as regular back-up to starting hooker Dane Coles off the bench in 2016 following Mealamu's retirement the previous year. Taylor also notably earned a start against Australia in the first match of the 2016 Rugby Championship, but was subbed off after three minutes of play for a head injury assessment and was replaced by Coles. Taylor did not return to the field that match. Taylor had notable involvement in the 57-15 win against South Africa in Durban on 6 October 2016, scoring a try off a driving maul and also receiving a yellow card long after the full time had passed, following a head-high tackle on Springboks fullback Patrick Lambie. Taylor also earned another start for the All Blacks later that year in the 68-10 victory over Italy.

In 2017 Taylor stepped up to the role of starting hooker for the All Blacks following Dane Coles' 5 months out with concussion. This included starting in all three tests against the British and Irish Lions, where Taylor scored the first try of the series after being set up to score by winger Israel Dagg. Taylor kept the starting role until Coles returned to international rugby on 26 August 2017, which was a 35-29 win against Australia Taylor took part in off the bench.

After Coles was injured again against France on the end-of-year tour, Taylor started twice more in 2017, in wins against Scotland and Wales. Taylor ended the 2017 as New Zealand's clear first-choice hooker and was the only player in the All Blacks that played in every single test of 2017, seven as a starter and seven as a substitute for Coles off the bench.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is the great-great-grandson of All Blacks player Walter Pringle [10] and is a father-of-one.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strang, Ben (30 June 2011). "Taylor made for NZU20s". Horowhenua Mail. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Codie Taylor Canterbury profile". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Super Rugby Profile: Crusaders – Codie Taylor". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "2013 Investec Super Rugby Crusaders squad announced". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Codie Taylor Crusaders Player Profile". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Codie Taylor IRB JWC Profile". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Codie Taylor". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.allblacks.com/News/27518/all-blacks-squad-named-for-samoa-investec-rugby-championship-and-bledisloe-test
  9. ^ http://www.3news.co.nz/sport/video-all-blacks-power-past-argentina-39-18---rugby-championship-2015071721
  10. ^ Knowler, Richard (21 June 2015). "Crusader Codie Taylor hooks All Blacks' spot". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 

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