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.
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Canterbury Under 20 (2010)
New Zealand Schools (2009)
Hurricanes Schools (2009,2008)
New Zealand Under 17 squad (2008)
Rugby ground: AMI Stadium
Rugby player and why: Richie McCaw because he is a great leader and has a lot of pride and heart
Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell
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
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