Codie Taylor playing for the All Blacks
|Full name||Codie Joshua Dane Taylor|
|Date of birth||31 March 1991|
|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
|Notable relative(s)||Walter Pringle (2nd-great-grandfather)|
|Rugby union career|
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. Having grown up in Feilding and Levin before moving to Christchurch 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.
Taylor was selected for the All Blacks 2015 Squad against Samoa. 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.
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.
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