Jason Taylor (rugby league)
|Taylor in 2007|
2 February 1971 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (11 st 5 lb)|
|1993||New South Wales||2||0||0||0||0|
|As of 30 August 2015|
|Source: RLP, NRL Stats Archive|
Jason Taylor (born 2 February 1971) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player, who is the current head coach of the Wests Tigers of the NRL. He was previously head coach of the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs clubs. A New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking halfback of the 1990s and early 2000s, Taylor set a number of point-scoring and appearance records in the National Rugby League during a twelve-year career with the Western Suburbs Magpies, North Sydney Bears, Northern Eagles and Parramatta Eels.
Taylor spent his junior years at Green Valley JRLFC and the Ashcroft Stallions JRLFC, in Sydney's south-western suburbs. He first attended Ashcroft High School before spending his late teenage years St Gregory's College, Campbelltown.
Taylor played for Sydney's Western Suburbs Magpies from 1990 to 1993. Starting from the bench for the first 2 games of the 1990 season, Taylor spent most of the season playing five-eighth outside Ivan Henjak in what was a poor season for the Magpies.
1991 saw the arrival of coach Warren Ryan and big-name players Andrew Farrar, David Gillespie and Paul Langmack at the Magpies. Taylor, now playing halfback, lead the team to its first semi-finals in nine years after starring in a play-off for fifth spot.
Wests made the semis again in 1992, but Taylor was temporarily benched mid-season. Ongoing conflict with Warren Ryan saw Taylor seeking an early release from his contract. The release was not granted and Taylor remained for the 1993 season. Taylor said, "The press came up with some interesting reasons why I wanted to leave, but I prefer to keep most of them to myself because they have been pretty well resolved. One reason, however, was I thought our style of play was too restrictive, too structured and by the end of the year, very predictable. I wasn't the only player to think that way.
In 1993, Taylor made his representative debut with City Origin, playing from the bench. Described as, "the form player of the premiership" in 1994, Country Rugby League general manager David Barnhill claimed that Taylor should be eligible to play for the Country side due to his time spent at St. Gregorys. He ended up playing halfback for City for the next two years.
Taylor was also selected to play for the New South Wales team in the 1993 State of Origin series. He was chosen on the bench for all three games, but did not take the field in the first game of the series. Coach Phil Gould said, "if anything happened to Ricky we needed a capable and experienced halfback to go in with a similar game-type to Ricky. Jason's kicking and passing game is along the same lines and would allow fellows like Daley and Fittler the same room as if they were playing with Ricky."
With the North Sydney Bears from 1994 to 1999, Taylor remained with them for their merger with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to form the Northern Eagles in 2000, but was released by the club at the end of the season.
Without a club for the next year, Taylor wrote a letter to Parramatta Eels coach Brian Smith and joined the club for the 2001 season. His performance that year was described as, "close to the greatest comeback ever in big-time rugby league." Taylor's last ever match was for Parramatta at halfback in their 2001 NRL grand final loss to the Newcastle Knights.
Whilst at Parramatta Taylor set a new point-scoring record, breaking Daryl Halligan's mark of 2,034. Between 1992 and 2000 (and across three clubs) Taylor played 194 games in succession, also a standing record, 20 games clear of Hazem El Masri's 174.
Taylor retired with the record for most career points in the National Rugby League and its predecessors. He scored 2,107 first grade career points, a mark later surpassed by Newcastle Knights halfback Andrew Johns in July 2006, then again by Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri in March 2009. He retired holding the record for most first grade career goals at 942 and was the Australian Rugby League's top point-scorer in seasons 1996 and 1997. He was awarded the Rothmans Medal in 1996.
Previously the assistant coach at the Parramatta Eels, he was appointed as head coach in May 2006 for the remainder of the season after Brian Smith left the club following the announcement of his sacking for season 2007. It was already planned that from 2007 Taylor was to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs as an assistant coach. In August 2006, it was announced he would replace Shaun McRae as head coach of the struggling South Sydney club. In his first year at Souths he took them to a top eight finish qualifying them for the finals. It was the first time since 1989 that Souths reached the finals.
On 17 September 2009 it was announced that Taylor had been sacked as coach by the club due to an altercation with second-rower David Fa'alogo during end-of-season celebrations. A visibly upset Taylor appeared on the NRL Footy Show later that evening and on a number of sport programs on Sydney radio in the following days to explain his conduct and subsequent dismay at his sacking.
In 2011, Taylor returned to coaching with the Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup team. His team made the semis in both 2011 and 2012. With the sacking of Brian Smith at the end of 2012, Taylor was appointed assistant coach to new first grade coach Trent Robinson for the 2013 season.
On 29 September 2014 Taylor was announced as the head coach of the Wests Tigers for the next three seasons, starting from 2015. He won his first game as a West Tigers Coach with a 19-18 win over the Gold Coast Titans
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- Wests Tigers announce new head coach, NRL.com official website, 29 September 2014
Most points in an NRL career
Parramatta Eels (caretaker)
South Sydney Rabbitohs