An impressive hooker with surprising speed and a knack for scoring tries, Codie Taylor was in outstanding form for the All Blacks in 2018, starting every Test match and setting up a crucial try during the come from behind victory against South Africa in Pretoria.
A powerful scrummager adept in rucks and in the loose, he continued the form that saw him play 13 of the All Blacks’ 14 Tests in 2017 and is now an established front row forward in the All Blacks pack.
Originally from the small town of Levin, north of Wellington, Taylor grew up in Australia, where he started playing league as a youngster.
He was part of the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship, made his provincial debut in 2012 and Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013.
He continued to work hard on his game eventually earning All Blacks selection in 2015 and was part of the Rugby World Cup-winning squad, playing in the match against Namibia.
Taylor has likely the longest historical familial gaps between two All Blacks: his great-great- grandfather was 1893 All Black Walter Pringle.
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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
I can’t live without…..Family
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….Travelling the world