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Codie Taylor

Hooker Codie Taylor's long apprenticeship at the Crusaders earned dividends with All Blacks selection in 2015 and four Test appearances and two tries, including one against Namibia at RWC 2015.

Taylor was first selected on the back of solid performances for Canterbury and the Crusaders, as well as a courageous campaign with the Maori All Blacks in Japan in 2014 that included a try in Tokyo.

Originally from Levin, Taylor made his ITM Cup debut with Canterbury in 2012 and his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 but injuries limited his opportunities.  However, the powerful scrummager, who is equally adept in rucks and in the loose, cemented a place over the following seasons. He was part of the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship and his family has one of the longest historical familial gaps between two All Blacks: his great-great-grandfather was 1893 All Black Walter Pringle.

As an impressive young player with surprising speed for a hooker, Codie Taylor earned the attention of the Maori All Blacks selectors with solid performances for Canterbury, including three tries in the 2014 ITM Cup regular season and an 89 per cent tackle success rate.

Taylor grew up in Australia, where he was started playing league as a youngster before being encouraged into rugby by his father.

Player
Position:
Hooker
Born:
31/03/1991
Physical:
1.83m, 106kg
Test Debut:
v Argentina at Christchurch, 17 July 2015
Test Points Breakdown:
5t
Test Points:
25
Caps:
20
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    Canterbury Under 20 (2010)
    New Zealand Schools (2009)
    Hurricanes Schools (2009,2008)
    New Zealand Under 17 squad (2008)

    Favourites:
    Rugby ground: AMI Stadium
    Rugby player and why: Richie McCaw because he is a great leader and has a lot of pride and heart
    Food: Anything
    Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell
    Movie: Stepbrothers
    Book: Don’t just sit there
    Singer/Band/Music type: Anything
    Holiday destination: Greece/Europe
    Non-rugby sports team:  West Tigers
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Nelson Mandela because he is a great inspiration
    Earliest rugby memories: Saturday morning rugby Under 11s
    I hate it when….Things don’t go your way
    I can’t live without…..Family
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….Travelling the world

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2015
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (+)
25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20 (+)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (+)
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14

2016
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (+)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (-)
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 (+)
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13(+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (+)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15(+)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10 (+)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (+)
12 November v Italy at Rome 68-10 (-)
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (+)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19 (+)

2017
16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0 (-)
23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15 (-)
1 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 21-24 (-) 
8 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 15-15 (-)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (-)