Ken Taylor (rugby union)

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Ken Taylor
Full name Kenneth John Taylor
Date of birth (1957-11-30) 30 November 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Napier
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
School Central Hawke's Bay College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger
New Zealand No. 819
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1977–1985 Hawke's Bay 65 (100)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1980  New Zealand 1 ((8))

Kenneth John Taylor (born 30 November 1957) is a former rugby union player from New Zealand. He was successful at provincial level for Hawke's Bay and in the New Zealand Colts team, but only played a single non-test match for the All Blacks.


Taylor was born in Napier and brought up in central Hawke's Bay. He was first selected at provincial level in 1977 and scored a try against the British Lions in his first season. The following year he was selected for the New Zealand Colts (U21) who made a domestic tour. Taylor scored three tries in five matches. He was a Junior All Black (U23) in 1979 and 1980, scoring a total of 10 tries in 10 matches. He worked for his family sawmill business, Waipawa Timber Supplies for 30 years which was sold in 2013, he continues to work there.

All Black[edit]

On 13 September 1980, a New Zealand XV played Fiji. The game was not a test match but the squad were all accredited All Black caps. Selection was restricted to players who had not appeared in the season's earlier tests against Australia and France. Taylor score two tries on the wing before being injured with 14 minutes remaining and replaced by Craig Wickes. This was his only appearance for his country due to injuries.

Taylor continued playing for Hawke's bay until 1985, when an injury ended his career mid-season. He played a total of 65 games for the Bay, scoring 25 tries.